England have made history and a 44-year wait was over when the men in blue lifted the coveted World Cup trophy at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday.
The celebrations were on high as the founders of cricket become the champions after a very long time. England’s cricket fans went crazy to cheer their team’s convincing victory but also supported New Zealand for their fight till the last ball.
Former cricketers also joined the part and they took to Twitter to react to England’s powerful show at Home of Cricket.
Pakistan’s ex-speedster Shoaib Akhtar congratulated England for their hard work and said that their four years’ hard work paid well for them. “England were incredible. They played strong cricket and left no stone unturned,” he said in a video message.
“New Zealand, on the other hand, fought really hard but unfortunately couldn’t finish off well,” Akhtar added.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 14, 2019
Pakistan’s former captain Wasim Akram also congratulated England via a Tweet.
Congratulations England 🏴 The World champions . #WorldCup2019
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 14, 2019
Earlier, Akram tweeted in support of England to win the final of World Cup 2019. “The World Cup hosts 2 countries that are home to so many Pakistanis, which makes my decision on who to support difficult. But England has been a second home to me for 30 odd years so my decision to support England is where my heart is at,” he tweeted.
The World Cup hosts 2 countries that are home to so many Pakistanis, which makes my decision on who to support difficult. But England has been a second home to me for 30 odd years so my decision to support England is where my heart is at. What about you? #ENGvNZ #CWC19Final
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 12, 2019
For cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja, the World Cup final was a hard-luck for New Zealand as they played well. Meanwhile, on a soft note, he also wished to share the cup between both teams.
What a contest! Best ever final by a mile. NZ a dive and a leap away from WC glory and England absolutely super in super over and super lucky as well. Ricochet/overthrow overthrew NZ. Couldn’t the Cup been shared!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 14, 2019
Indian former little master Sachin Tendulkar felt for New Zealand as they fell short despite displaying quality cricket against the home side.
A game that ebbed and flowed from the 1st ball to the 612th!
Feel for New Zealand 🇳🇿 who did everything that England 🏴 did and still fell short.
Congratulations to England.#CWC19 #NZvENG @ECB_cricket @BLACKCAPS pic.twitter.com/FlEJb0NfId
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 14, 2019
Former South African captain Graeme Smith enjoyed the final and congratulated both teams for showing their strength.
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) July 14, 2019
It is pertinent to mention here that England beat New Zealand on boundary margin in the final of World Cup 2019. The finalists played strongly as the match and super over both were drew.