Imagine having the gall to question the King of Spin. A Twitter user became the laughing stock of the cricket community when his bizarre reply to a Shane Warne post went viral.
After the World Test Championship Final in Hampshire was washed out, New Zealand named five seamers in their starting XI for the historic match against India.
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Warne blasted the decision not to select left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, venting his frustration on Twitter. But a chap named “Macca” — operating under the Twitter handle “@Justflips96” thought he knew better, brazenly questioning whether the Australia cricket icon understood the art of spin bowling.
He replied to Warne’s tweet: “Shane, do you understand how spin works? The pitch gets dry … this pitch won’t get dry because, for the rest of the Test, there is due to be rain.”
Warne boasts the second-highest wicket-tally in Test history, with 708 scalps to his name. “Macca” inevitably copped a tsunami of backlash for the remarks, receiving thousands of scathing replies. At one stage, the tweet had more than 1800 likes and 2200 retweets.
They deleted the post the following day and eventually deactivated the account altogether. Cricket producer for Star Sports India, Sarang Bhalerao, called it the “tweet of the century”, adding two laughing/crying emojis.
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Although the Kiwis did not have a strike spinner at their disposal, the New Zealand seamers slowly worked through India’s batting line-up on Sunday. Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson took five wickets as India was bowled out for 217 on the second day. In reply, New Zealand progressed to 2/101 as openers Tom Latham (30) and Devon Conway (54) put on 70 for the first wicket.