Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal was at his hilarious best during an interview with the media. Umar, when asked about Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq’s retirement call, responded with: “Sabse pehle toh main Allah ka shukriya ada karta hoon (First of all, I’d like to thank Allah).” This is usually how majority of the Pakistan players start a conversation and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. However, the timing of the sentence came in question here, as it suggested as if Umar was happy with the decision. The Twitterati, who were left in splits, did not curb their opinion and trolled the batsman. PAK vs WI 2017, 1st ODI: Mohammed’s 91 and other highlights
To be fair, Umar in the full video clip did call Misbah a nice human being and great captain who selflessly served Pakistan.
Misbah will play his final Test series against West Indies in Caribbean Islands. Former cricketing legends, contemporaries and fans took to Twitter to congratulate Misbah on his illustrious career for Pakistan. And when media asked Umar about what he thought of Misbah’s call, he said those words. This is not the first time that Umar has become the butt of jokes on Twitter. Last year, he had congratulated David Warner for winning the PSL after Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad won the IPL. Here’s the video clip which is going viral on social media and some of the funny tweets:
Lol Umar akmal on #Misbah Retirement
Aaahhhh Subse pehle tu main Allah ka shukar ada karta hon pic.twitter.com/A4FLhSsuh6
— Imran Siddique (@SportsJournoo) April 6, 2017
Umar Akmal never fails to grab the spotlight! https://t.co/887ZF8WhyX
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) April 6, 2017
Reporter “What are your thoughts on Misbah announcing his retirement?”
Umar Akmal “First of all I thank the Almighty for this”#Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) April 6, 2017
Umar has done it all, from blaming water for his weight gain issues, to starring in outrageously unbearable music songs. He has even gone on to describe a cricketer’s death as very nice.
It was just last month that the talented Umar compared himself to Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli. According to Umar, it was unfair to draw a comparison between them as Kohli bats at No. 3 while he bats at No. 6. “When people compare me with Kohli, it’s not fair. It’s a matter of batting positions. Since his debut, he is batting at No. 3 and I have been playing at No. 6. Let me play at 3 and Kohli at 6, then compare me with him,” Umar had told Wisden India.