NEW DELHI: Hardik Pandya's birthday wish to former fast bowling great Zaheer Khan has not gone down well with cricket fans, who have slammed the India all-rounder for his cheeky tweet.
Zaheer had turned 41 on Monday and Hardik wished the former pacer by tweeting: "Happy birthday Zak ... Hope you smash it out of the park-like I did here."
The all-rounder tweeted with a video of him smashing Zaheer for a six in a domestic match. However, netizens found his post disrespectful and slammed the 25-year-old.
"Ahankaar tujhe le dobega mere bhai pandya...stay humble not foolish (Your arrogance will ruin you brother, stay humble and don't act like a fool)," a user replied to Hardik's tweet.
Ahankaar tujhe le dobega mere bhai pandya...stay humble not foolish— Desi Woke (@desilazi) October 7, 2019
ye video dekhle ek bar...Phir dobara wish karna pic.twitter.com/flSX14ZSfN— Anant Choudhary (@Choudharydws) October 7, 2019
Is this not insulting to a senior player like zak. Too much arrogance— deepaksidhu (@deepaksidhu) October 8, 2019
"Hope you start giving good performances outside of Talk shows and win a world cup for India like he did Hardik Pandya," another fan replied.
Uneducated fellow.. please learn some manners and basic etiquettes FYI he is not ur friend or junior. he is the chief architect behind our many missions just like 2011wc and role model for millions. . When r u gonna learn ?? It seems like the coffee hangover is yet to be over— srd (@srviki87) October 7, 2019
Another person also hit back at Hardik saying: "Says a mediocre 'all rounder' more (in)famous for his antics off the field than on it to a champion bowler who's taken 600 combined ODI/Test wickets!"
Says a mediocre 'all rounder' more (in)famous for his antics off the field than on it to a champion bowler who's taken 600 combined ODI/Test wickets!— Kaustubh Pethe (@kauspet) October 7, 2019
Pandya recently underwent surgery in London to treat his lower back issue which has ruled him out of cricket for an indefinite period.