Mumbai Indians Captaincy Under Fire After Cryptic Social Media Post

Mumbai Indians Captaincy Under Fire After Cryptic Social Media Post

Mumbai Indians’ Captaincy Decisions Questioned After Viral Social Media Post

After Mumbai Indians’ narrow victory over Punjab Kings on Thursday, a cryptic social media post has sparked speculation about internal tensions within the team. The post, allegedly re-shared by MI all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, criticized the team’s captaincy decisions, particularly the omission of Nabi from the bowling attack.

The Instagram story, attributed to a user named ijaz.azizi07, read: “@mumbaiindians some of you captain’s decision is very strange and surprise people!? Nabi didn’t bowl today.” It also praised Nabi’s fielding contributions, noting his two catches and one run out.

Nabi, a veteran Afghan spin allrounder, was acquired by MI in the IPL 2024 auction. In the match against Punjab Kings, he was dismissed for a duck but played a crucial role in the field, taking the catches of Ashutosh Sharma and Shashank Singh and participating in the run out of Kagiso Rabada.

However, the Instagram story post, which social media users claimed had been re-shared by Nabi, was not present on his profile on Friday afternoon. The original post by ijaz.azizi07 remains on the user’s handle, but it is unclear if Nabi actually re-shared it.

The viral screenshot has raised questions about the atmosphere within the MI camp, but the team has not issued any official statement regarding the incident. Meanwhile, MI captain Hardik Pandya has been fined for the team’s slow over-rate in the match against Punjab Kings.

Afghanistan Spinners Crush Ireland in Third ODI

Afghanistan Spinners Crush Ireland in Third ODI

Afghanistan’s spin duo of Mohammad Nabi and Nangeyalia Kharote wreaked havoc on Ireland’s batting lineup, leading Afghanistan to a resounding 117-run victory in the third ODI in Sharjah.

Nabi, a veteran of 15 years, claimed his maiden ODI five-wicket haul, finishing with impressive figures of 5 for 17. The 19-year-old Kharote, making his ODI debut, also impressed with four wickets for 30 runs.

Ireland’s chase of 237 began promisingly, with Paul Stirling scoring a half-century. However, the introduction of Nabi and Kharote triggered a dramatic collapse. Ireland lost eight wickets for just 26 runs, as the Afghan spinners exploited the slow and skiddy pitch.

Nabi’s fifth wicket was a particularly impressive delivery, angled into the left-handed Graham Hume and beating his defense to crash into the stumps. Kharote’s first wicket came in the 25th over, as Curtis Campher edged one to the wicketkeeper.

Earlier, Afghanistan had posted a competitive 236 for 9, thanks to half-centuries from Rahmanullah Gurbaz (51) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (69). Nabi also contributed with a valuable 48.

Ireland’s bowlers had restricted Afghanistan to 96 for 4, but the Afghan batters rallied to add 140 runs for the remaining five wickets.

Despite the absence of star spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Nabi and Kharote proved to be more than capable replacements, showcasing the depth of Afghanistan’s spin bowling resources.

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