Afghanistan enjoy historic performance at T20 World Cup

Afghanistan enjoy historic performance at T20 World Cup


Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan hits a six during the Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on June 24, 2024.

Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan hits a six during the Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on June 24, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP

The streets of Afghanistan were filled with thousands of fans and there was an atmosphere of immense joy when the Rashid Khan-led side entered the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, defeating some of the giants of international cricket along the way.

Afghanistan's eight-run win over Bangladesh in a rain-curtailed Super 8 match put them in the last four along with India, England and South Africa. In the process, former champions Australia, who have repeatedly refused to host Afghanistan because of the Taliban rule, were knocked out.

Afghanistan had earlier defeated New Zealand in the league stage and Australia in the Super 8 match a few days ago.

As soon as Mustafizur Rahman was trapped lbw by Naveen-ul-Haq, the streets of Khost, Paktia and Kabul were filled with fans to celebrate the historic day.

The world praised Afghanistan

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) posted pictures of these cities on X. The ACB posted pictures of Kabul and Jalalabad and wrote, “Look what this success means to us!”

Another post showed thousands of fans celebrating on the streets, on the balconies of their homes and on the rooftops of shops.

The caption read, “They know how to celebrate the heroics of the #AfghanAtalan at the #T20WorldCup!”

Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar praised the strong determination of the Afghan team.

“Your journey to reach the semi-finals has been incredible, beating teams like Afghanistan, New Zealand and Australia. Today's win is a testament to your hard work and determination. Proud of your progress. Keep it up!” Tendulkar wrote on Instagram.

Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody congratulated the winners.

“Wow, this game was filled with all sorts of drama and that's an understatement! Congratulations to @ACBofficials on a special achievement,” Moody posted.

Virender Sehwag, the explosive opening batsman of his time, also praised Rashid and his team.

“Wow, Afghanistan. What an effort. Beating New Zealand, beating Australia and getting to the semi-finals of the World Cup. That's progress. Congratulations.”

Almost all the IPL teams congratulated the team and former Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina and S Badrinath also praised the team, saying that it was bigger than its circumstances.

“Brilliant views from the park! What a win @ACBofficials. Thrilling till the end! Emotions run high as we enter the semi-finals for the first time! Match winning performance from #NaveenUlHaq. Cricket at its best,” Yuvraj wrote on Twitter.

Raina wrote, “Afghanistan are through to the semi-finals! Shining through the tournament with incredible skill and determination. What a journey it has been for them so far – keep up the momentum, boys!”

“Afghanistan deserved to be in the semi-finals and they have earned it,” Badrinath wrote.

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal praised the brilliant bowling of Rashid and Naveen-ul-Haq, who together took eight wickets.

“Congratulations Afghanistan on reaching the semi-finals…this is fantastic cricket, what an achievement. Superb bowling @rashidkhan_19 @imnaveenulhaq,” Akmal posted.


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