Pakistan cricket team's painful (read: humiliating) defeat at the hands of Bangladesh and India amassed a general lack of faith in the team (and heavy backlash, as per usual) and prompted a justifiable question: Is there anything our team is actually good at?
It really didn't take long to figure out just how multitalented our team is at absolutely everything else other than cricket. Forget the ol' days when we actually played hard, tooth and nail, to bring home the trophy. Now, the focus seems to be more on commercial value than the sport itself.
Here are the seven things our team excels at doing other than what they are paid for:
A no-brainer. Ahmad Shahzad, Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz, to name a few, love taking selfies any chance they get, whether it's with the team...
Now this is team Quetta for u !! It's nothing like winning no matter where u playing or 4 which team u playing pic.twitter.com/ZxfOxOtOA8— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) February 16, 2016
or on a plane...
B ready Karachi ✈️ pic.twitter.com/X9nlB6fk1b— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) January 8, 2016
or at a local factory...
or even during early morning breakfast.
Breakfast on the go!!!NY pic.twitter.com/ruULxIEt4P— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 6, 2015
The team just can't get enough of themselves.
No, it's not what you think. We mean marriage, of course (terrible pun, we admit).
The last few months have seen relatively new cricket members tying the knot while still at a young age, for example, Sarfraz Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz and Ahmad Shahzad.
From selfie to wifey: Ahmad Shahzad ties the knot
Seems like the team doesn't want to miss catches.
3. Endorsing products/services
If the team displayed as much vigour and energy on the field as they do on-camera, we would definitely kick some serious ass. But then again, maybe they're better suited to do ads and by the looks of it, they definitely know a thing or two about acting.
Please don't miss the level of concentration on the field in these ads, which is always amiss on the actual field where scores matter.
They may not be showstoppers on the field, but they can win any heart in a sherwani and turban.
Because their bhangra game is definitely stronger than anyone else's.
It starts slow but then it gets real as displayed by Umar Akmal.
Looks like Bollywood could use a new choreographer. Shiamak Davar, you've got competition.
There's no doubt that our team loves Dubsmash, it's the only thing they take seriously. Remember the team's Dubsmash with Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza?
Well, here are a few more to serve as refreshers of their countless abilities.
Ahmed Shahzad releases first Dubmash, featuring Asad Shafiq - http://t.co/9LzbnlOYrl via @DailymotionIND— Hassan Rasheed (@HBR29) June 16, 2015
Ahmad Shahzad gets a partner in crime to showcase off the field talents
Saeed Ajmal shows off his Dubsmash skills with Fakhr-e-Alam.
7. Social media
A few of our team members are pretty active on social media, giving fans an update of everything that's going on in their daily lives.
The King of Selfies, for one, is an avid Twitterati. He never misses a chance to tweet everything, literally.
Next station Islamabad!! ✈️✈️🛫🛫 pic.twitter.com/3f4SQ5L9mn— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) February 28, 2016
And now it seems Instagram has also become a part of his 'Dear Diary' series.
Finally made my Instagram after everyone kept asking!! It is iAhmadShahzad all the rest are fan clubs who are always in my heart 💚— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) February 29, 2016
... and Shoaib Malik isn't far behind
I'm exhausting all avenues to convert our games into wins, inclusive of my leadership, performance only matters if team wins, rest r details— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) February 20, 2016
neither is Shahid Afridi.
Just checking! No one is online😳 :p pic.twitter.com/SvO1FZBSRk— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 4, 2015
Looking on the bright side, if any of our team members opt for a career change, they have abundant options.
I'll make sure I wear my Pakistan Cricket Team Jersey on the Day of Judgement so God knows I've already been through Hell.— Mahnoor (@MMusings09) March 2, 2016
But please spare us another round of torture.
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