ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed says his wife broke down after she saw 'pig jibe' video

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has revealed that the video of a fan heckling him after the World Cup defeat to India had left his wife in tears.

Press Trust of India, Jun 27, 2019 16:19:46 IST

Birmingham: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has revealed that the video of a fan heckling him after the World Cup defeat to India had left his wife in tears.

The fan, who later apologised, had compared Sarfaraz to a pig when the Pakistan captain was out with son Abdullah in his arms.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed says his wife broke down after she saw pig jibe video

Sarfaraz said that he was very upset when the youngster taunted him. AP

"I remember going into my room and my wife, Khushbakht, was crying watching the video. I told her it is just a video and we have to bear with it because our cricket fans are very emotional," he was quoted as saying by the Jang newspaper on Thursday.

But hours after the video went viral, cricket fans offered support to Sarfaraz and trolled the youngster for disrespecting the national captain.

Former captain Wasim Akram made it clear he would have slapped the fan if he faced with such a situation.

"Any fan has a right to criticize us on our cricket performances but not get personal or target family," Akram said recently.

Sarfaraz, who captained Pakistan to the 2017 Champions Trophy success, is now being praised after leading his team to back-to-back wins over South Africa and New Zealand keeping their semi-final hopes alive.

Sarfaraz said that he was very upset when the youngster taunted him.

"I felt very sad at his remarks. But I kept my cool as I had my son in my arms. If I had also reacted back I don't think I would have got the support I got from fans who themselves took him to the task," Sarfaraz said.

"If I had reacted and got emotional there would have been no difference between me and him," he added.

He said a member of the youngster's family had immediately come and apologised to him. The Pakistan skipper admitted that the week after the defeat to India was very tough on the team.

"But we know our fans love us a lot and if they get angry and upset after a defeat we understand that because they also shower praise on us when we do well," he said.

Sarfaraz credited fan support for Pakistan's turnaround.

"It surprised us all when we saw the turnout of fans and it also encouraged us to do our best," he said.

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Updated Date: Jun 27, 2019 16:19:46 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254