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On the 41st birthday of Zaheer Khan, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya seems to have irked some of the Indian cricket fans. With his ‘funny’ tweet, he offended quite a few fans and was accused of showing disrespect to his senior.

Pandya’s wish for Zak

Zaheer Khan turned 41 on Monday, October 7 and wishes poured in from the entire cricketing fraternity on social media. Hardik Pandya was no exception. But his wish went wrong and disappointed cricket fans. Pandya shared a video and wrote "Happy birthday Zak ... Hope you smash it out of the park-like I did here." The video was about Hardik Pandya smashing Zaheer for a six in a domestic match. It was obviously done in a fun way but the cheeky wish did catch attention on social media for all wrong reasons. Netizens started to criticize the 25-year old for the same and troll him. He was called out for his arrogance and disrespect to a veteran cricketer.

Fans’ reaction

The fans went on to remind Khan’s achievements and contributions to Indian cricket. His performance in the 2011 World Cup was also highlighted where he took 21 wickets in the tournament and finished as the joint highest wicket-taker along with Shahid Afridi. One of the many replies read, “Despite being a bowler he has 53 gorgeous international sixes. He has smashed bowlers like Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar out of the park. He would have crushed your toe with an inswinging Yorker if u played him in his prime. He is a legend.”

Some reminded him how he would have lived a normal life after retirement from cricket. So it is important to learn to a good sportsperson and learn from others. Some also shared clips from Koffee with Karan episode that eventually created a problem for Pandya and he was banned from cricket for a few days. A tweet read, “Hope you start giving good performances outside of Talk shows and win a WorldCup for India like he did.”

Zaheer Responded

Zaheer Khan also responded Pandya in the same way and recalled the next delivery he bowled in the same match after Pandya hit the previous one for Six. Here's the tweet of Zaheer Khan thanking Hardik Pandya for the Birthday wish:

"Hahahaha....thank you for the wishes @hardikpandya7

my batting skills can never be as good as yours but the birthday was as good as the next delivery you faced from me in this match"

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