The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently conducted a worldwide poll to determine the perfect cricket captain in the history of the game. With a total of 535,346 votes registered in just 24 hours, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, racked up the majority of the votes, beating runner-up Virat Kohli by 1.1 percent.
Who would you rate as the best among these giants?
— ICC (@ICC) January 12, 2021
As usual, cricket fans across the globe took to Twitter and voiced their opinions. Some were congratulatory while a few rather bold.
First up, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) shared the final polling results:
— Tehreek-e-Insaf (@InsafPK) January 13, 2021
A few messages from home, congratulating Khan for his contributions on and off the pitch.
— Muzamil Ansari (@Alfa1__) January 13, 2021
A few satirical remarks here and there don’t hurt, especially in this case:
Some locals even resorted to feeding the rumor mill regardless of the authenticity of the news.
— Sardar Haroon (@SardarHaroonPAK) January 13, 2021
A TikToker probably made this one:
— WASEEM TARIQ (@wasimtariq_) January 13, 2021
That feeling when something is taken away from you, all while knowing deep down inside it had never been yours, to begin with:
— Jahan Zaib Virk (@JahanVirk) January 13, 2021
In no time, a trend took shape and it was everywhere on Twitter throughout the day.
Stand up for the champions . Once a legend is always legend
Endians why are you deleting Your comments about rigging?
— زمـــــBalochــان (@BalochBlood_) January 13, 2021
It is interesting how a little trend can bring back memories that you had never thought you would remember, but here we are:
It indeed astonishing that Pakistan has defeated a nation 10 times her size in a twitter poll.
— 美麗的男何金濤 🇨🇳🇵🇰🇳🇵🇧🇩🇹🇷🇮🇷🇱🇰🇦🇫🇷🇺🇦🇿🗨 (@CNPakWW) January 13, 2021
Meanwhile, loyalists and staunch supporters of the Kaptaan made colorful videos to congratulate him.
Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.
— Hamza Shakil (@PTI_Lion26) January 13, 2021
Politics never fails to make an appearance in unrelated venues of discussion. Does the following tweet qualify for political banter? You decide.
— Nawaz Alam Alps (@nawazal35979516) January 13, 2021
Fans overseas pitched in their messages for Pakistan’s leader, commending his image both on and off the field:
— Elif Ahmet 🇹🇷 (@ElifAhmetTurkey) January 13, 2021
Active players in the game cannot hold a candle to the legend that is Imran Khan. Well, according to this tweet, they do not.
— SanamJamali (@Sanamjamali6) January 13, 2021
Finally, a “fantastic” reference to end the discussion:
— The Fan Girl of PMIK💕 🇦🇿🇵🇰🇹🇷 (@Bint_E_Pak_PTI) January 13, 2021
Vintage Imran strikes again. With a career marked with success and conspiracy from debut to journey, Imran Khan is still considered the best cricketer to ever have ever graced the game.