Troll Backlash for Mohammad Rizwan’s Run-Out in Asia Cup 2023 Opener

Flamboyant Pakistan wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan faced the wrath of trolls after a crucial run-out in the Asia Cup 2023 opener against Nepal on Wednesday at the Multan Cricket Stadium. It was a brain-fade moment from Rizwan as he failed to drag his bat inside the line while completing the run and got out for 44.

The wicketkeeper batter was looking in good touch and shared a crucial 86-run stand with Babar Azam to revive Pakistan’s innings after the openers’ early departure. It was the fourth ball of the 24th over when Rizwan pushed the ball to cover and took a single, but the direct hit ended his stay in the middle. He could have saved himself if he had dragged the bat as his foot and bat were close to the crease but in the air when the ball hit the stumps.

Trolling on Social Media

The cricket fans on X, formerly known as Twitter, started trolling Rizwan for his brain fade moment which cost him big.

Poor Running By M Rizwan…Pakistan in Trouble…#PAKvsNEP #PakvsNepal #AsiaCup2023 #Pakistan #Nepal

– Faheem Mehsud (@FaheemMehsud1) August 30, 2023

Rizwan be like, “I’m a Barbie girl, in the barbie world.”

Rizwan be like, “I’m a Barbie girl, in the barbie world.”

– Naveed Athar Mazari (@naveedamazari) August 30, 2023

This kind of run-out is permanent.

This kind of Run-Out is permanent. #PAKvNEP

– the DUGOUT ! (@teams_dream) August 30, 2023

Rizwan was batting so well, but he’s made a costly mistake of not dragging his bat in.

Rizwan was batting so well, but he’s made a costly mistake of not dragging his bat in. Rizwan run out (Dipendra Singh) 44(50) [4s-6]

– Cricket Rising (@CricRising) August 30, 2023

What is this behaviour!!??

What is this behaviour!!?? #PAKvsNEP #Rizwan #AsiaCup2023

– Mahnoor Arif (@magic_peach007) August 30, 2023

Superman Rizwan flying in the air

Rizwan??? What was that ??

Meanwhile, he was not the first Pakistan batter to get run-out in the match. Earlier Rohit Paudel held his nerves well and executed a sensational run-out to dismiss Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq with a direct hit. Imam was way short of the crease when Paudel’s direct hit dislodged the bails at the non-striker’s end. Imam looked to steal a quick single after pushing the ball to mid-off. The southpaw went for a dive to save his wicket but he was almost out of the frame. He departed for 5 as Pakistan lost their openers for just 21.

Asia Cup 2023 Overview

Earlier, Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bat in the opening match of the Asia Cup against Nepal in Multan on Wednesday. The six-nation Asia Cup is being co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, after India refused to tour Pakistan for political reasons. Nepal is playing in the Asia Cup for the first time, after qualifying by winning the Asian Premier Cup in April.


The Asia Cup 2023 opener between Pakistan and Nepal witnessed a crucial run-out that stirred up a storm on social media. Mohammad Rizwan’s unfortunate brain-fade moment led to his dismissal, sparking a wave of trolling from fans. Despite his good form, Rizwan’s error served as a reminder of the fine margins in professional cricket.

The tournament itself holds immense significance for both established and emerging cricketing nations. As teams battle it out for supremacy, unexpected twists and turns like Rizwan’s run-out only add to the drama of the competition.

Stay tuned for more exciting moments and nail-biting encounters in the Asia Cup 2023!

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