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.
Imran Khan Beats Virat Kohli in Worldwide ICC Poll
First up, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) shared the final polling results:
Once a leader, always a leader. @ImranKhanPTI pic.twitter.com/TOWzcck1iJ
— Tehreek-e-Insaf (@InsafPK) January 13, 2021
A few messages from home, congratulating Khan for his contributions on and off the pitch.
Hero Forever. ❤❤❤#ImranKhan #CongratsPMIK #PakistanShocksIndia pic.twitter.com/fxf0JoBQ1X
— Muzamil Ansari (@Alfa1__) January 13, 2021
A few satirical remarks here and there don’t hurt, especially in this case:
#ImranKhan #CongratsPMIK #PakistanShocksIndia
everyone talking about virat and imran khan…
Le de Villiers and lanning: #PakistanShocksIndia pic.twitter.com/8zewnKlG9H
— [email protected] PTI💙 (@i_humayoun) January 13, 2021
Some locals even resorted to feeding the rumor mill regardless of the authenticity of the news.
Inspite of national level campaign by Indian bhagats , voting by bots, and Pakistani opposition voting anti Imran , #ImranKhan has won the probably most participated poll of @ICC #CongratsPMIK
After surprise of 27 Feburay #PakistanShocksIndia in poll🇵🇰♥️ pic.twitter.com/NAiXn2gasF
— Sardar Haroon (@SardarHaroonPAK) January 13, 2021
A TikToker probably made this one:
Congratulations Prime Minister Imran Khan, no one can defeat you. Not even Virat Kohli. Pakistan Zindabad ❤️🇵🇰💪#PakistanShocksIndia#ImranKhan#CongratsPMIK pic.twitter.com/P9TuUE4PLN
— 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:
endians why are you deleting ur comments about rigging?#CongratsPMIK pic.twitter.com/oAEiva8PFB
— 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?
ہن آرام اے @TeamPakistans #PakistanShocksIndia #CongratsPMIK pic.twitter.com/1Xgrvnk6U8
— 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.
Congrats Pakistan #CongratsPMIK pic.twitter.com/w303hiT6CB
— 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.
PM @ImranKhanPTI ❤️#ImranKhan #CongratsPMIK #PakistanShocksIndia pic.twitter.com/NzhX0Ih0xp
— 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.
Congratulations the real captain and pm of Pakistan ♥️ pic.twitter.com/yKNzpMxjDr
— 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:
Congratulations #ImranKhan and Pakistan.
We will always stood with you.
— 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.
Congratulations Prime Minister Imran Khan, no one can defeat you. Not even Virat Kohli. Pakistan Zindabad ❤️🇵🇰💪#PakistanShocksIndia pic.twitter.com/cBdQIfbJP7
— SanamJamali (@Sanamjamali6) January 13, 2021
Finally, a “fantastic” reference to end the discussion:
The Poll was Fantastics 👌#CongratsPMIK #ImranKhan #PakistanShocksIndia pic.twitter.com/pd4ass3g6U
— The Fan Girl of PMIK💕 🇦🇿🇵🇰🇹🇷 (@Bint_E_Pak_PTI) January 13, 2021
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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.
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