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Wasim Jaffer 2.0 - A demigod turned memegod

Wasim Jaffer 2.0 - A demigod turned memegod
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Md Imtiaz

Published: 23 Dec 2020 6:40 AM GMT

One barely recalls Wasim Jaffer's name while arguing about the major contributors in the pantheon of Indian cricketers. One of the most venerated figures of India's domestic cricket, fortune didn't favour Jaffer who could only play 31 test matches for India. Caught up in between the successes of Indian openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag and later on Shikhar Dhawan, Jaffer had to silently accept his fate as all hopes faded away. In the 31 test matches he played for India between 2000 and 2008, he scored 1944 runs, including five hundreds and two double hundreds.

The above numbers barely reveal the warehouse of talent possessed by the 42-year-old Mumbaikar, as he remains the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy cricket, with a score of 19,410. Jaffer quietly went at the domestic level for Mumbai, and in his later years for Vidarbha.

Wasim Jaffer is the only player in the Ranji Trophy to have scored over 12,000 runs. He also has scored the most centuries (40) in the tournament. In December 2019, Wasim became the first batsman in history to play 150 Ranji Trophy matches. In January 2019 he has become the most capped player in Ranji trophy history with the appearance of his 146th match. He was appointed as batting coach for Bangladesh cricket team. In March 2020, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Soon after hanging up his boots, the world saw a new version of Jaffer. The man, known for his calm and unperturbed demeanor, revealed his completely contrasting "Quirky" outlook, as he took Twitter by storm. His humourous and quick-witted tweets are winning hearts of the netizens and they are helplessly falling in love with the veteran once again and this time, for a completely different reason. The cricketing demigod metamorphosing into a meme-god has posed serious challenge to internet memers. His humorous digs on everything happening in and around cricket is the new-found treasure trove in the internet.

Here's a look at some of his funny tweets and reactions that had fans go gaga:

During the onset of India-Australia tour this year, former England captain Michael Vaughan wasn’t impressed with India’s performance. Vaughan is a staunch critic of the Indian cricket team and predicted that Virat Kohli’s men will lose to Australia in all three formats of the tour. That prediction was proved wrong when India won the T20 series. Jaffer took a dig at Vaughan by posting a hilarious meme in reply to Vaughan’s tweet.

Australia head coach Justin Langer was left fuming after India were allowed to have a concussion substitute for injured Ravindra Jadeja in the first T20I against Australia. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was approved as a like-to-like replacement for Jadeja as per the rules and was allowed to bowl his quota of four overs. Langer was not amused by match referee David Boon's decision and was seen arguing with him ahead of the start of Australia's 162-run chase in the second innings at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. There was nothing that Langer could do as Chahal went on to produce a match-winning display for the visitors and even bagged the Man of the Match after becoming the first-ever concussion substitute in T20Is. Jaffer was at it again on Twitter as he came up with yet another hilarious meme this time targeting none other than Langer for his fiery antics. Jaffer, shared a meme from the famous Bollywood movie 'Munna Bhai M.B.B.S' to troll Langer.

With the incredible camaraderie between India and Australia in the ongoing series, many ex-cricketers from India have asked the visitors to needle Australia and make things tense out in the middle. Jaffer too pitched in with his words of wisdom for the two teams.

Former Australia wrist-spinner Brad Hogg expressed concern at India’s batting, following the performance of their top order, which saw frontline batsman register low scores – Mayank Agarwal 2, Hanuma Vihari 15, Rahane 4 and Rishabh Pant 5. “Indian top order need to know where their off stump is, learn to leave the ball off a good length, and not chase the ball moving away outside off stump,” Hogg tweeted. Jaffer came up with an epic reply. With Australia struggling to find their top order with injuries to David Warner, Marcus Harris and Will Pucovski, Jaffer pointed out how the hosts facing issues in the batting order themselves. “Australia need to know who their top order is,” Jaffer wrote quoting Hogg’s tweet.

Glenn Maxwell, who was bought for Rs 10.75 crore by King's XI Punjab, performed atrociously in IPL 2020. However, as soon as he stepped into Australian colours, he was the dangerous Maxwell of old. Wasim Jaffer, who was also the batting coach of KXIP, found this sudden turn of events as nothing short of a crime.

Jaffer didn't delay in making his post on Rohit Sharma clearing the fitness Test. And once again Jaffer aced it with his humour. Rohit Sharma was declared fit by the physios at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) following his hamstring during the Indian Premier League. With Virat Kohli set to leave Australia after the first Test, Indian fans were hoping for Rohit to fill in for Kohli and it seems their wish may come true.

Recently, he trolled an Australian journalist, named Chloe-Amanda Bailey, who took a sly dig at the fan following of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The journo stated that since both Rohit and Virat are Indians, the fans should also stay in unison and cheer for their national heroes. She uploaded a picture of veteran Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah to express her opinions. She captioned the picture and wrote, “Why do Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma fans dislike each other so much? They are both India? I need an explanation please, ”. Jaffer, in his own unique way, got back to Bailey. The veteran uploaded a picture mentioning, “Noticed you copied my style, ”

While Wasim Jaffer himself was disappointed to see 'Big Show' Maxwell strike form against India following a dismal IPL 2020, he could only imagine how KXIP skipper KL Rahul would have been feeling.

Wicket-keeper, Rahul had to view Maxwell's exploits up-close.

Also read: Wasim Jaffer: A legend who was denied international stardom

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