In a surprising turn of events during the third T20I match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Dunedin, WWE fans and cricket enthusiasts alike were treated to an unusual sight as Pakistani wicketkeeper-batter Azam Khan walked into bat to the theme song of former wrestling superstar Big Show.
The unconventional entrance took place during the 11th over of Pakistan’s challenging run chase, creating a buzz among fans at the stadium and those watching the match worldwide. However, the unique choice of music did not sit well with some supporters, particularly from Pakistan, who accused the DJ of body-shaming the 25-year-old cricketer.
Despite the divided reactions, Azam Khan’s performance in the match did little to settle the controversy. The big-hitting batsman struggled to find his form, managing to score just 10 runs off seven deliveries before being dismissed. His lean run in international cricket continues, even though he has showcased his prowess in various T20 leagues, including the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Azam, the son of former Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan, made a return to the T20I side for the New Zealand series after featuring in two games against Afghanistan earlier in the year. However, his struggle to adapt to the demands of international cricket has been evident, leaving fans and cricket pundits questioning his place in the national team.
The use of Big Show’s theme song added an unexpected layer to the narrative of Azam Khan’s innings, sparking debates about the appropriateness of such choices in a cricketing context. As the series progresses, all eyes will be on Azam Khan to see if he can overcome his current challenges and make a mark on the international stage.
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