While the Afghan national anthem played right before the outset of the Afghanistan vs Scotland match in Sharjah, Afghanistan cricket captain Muhammad Nabi Eisakhil was spotted tearing up with emotions.
As soon as the video was shared on social media for the first time on Monday, Twitter flooded with reactions for the heart-melting sight of Nabi.
That’s how Twitter reacted:
A Twitter user @Faridullah Wahdat said that Nabi’s tears represented “the pain of home land excruciating”.
Another Twitter user @leimaaaa said that that Nabi’s emotions spilling out of his eyes were “the feelings and emotions” of the entire Afghan nation.
Nabi overwhelmed with patriotism “melted” a Twitter user, @Meenah_Bahar’s heart.
Nabi wants to bring smiles to his country
“Everyone knows that back home in Afghanistan there’s a lot happening and everything from the last few months,” Nabi acknowledged in the press conference ahead of the game in Sharjah on Monday.
“But from a cricket point of view, everybody is ready for this World Cup and we prepared well. The fans are really waiting because the only happiness in Afghanistan is cricket,” the bowler said.
“If you’re willing to do well in the tournament and we win the games, the fans are really happy and there will be a lot of smiles on faces.”
Spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan shared nine wickets between them as Afghanistan thrashed Scotland by 130 runs in their opening Super 12s match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Monday.
Chasing a daunting 191 for victory, Scotland were bowled out for 60 in 10.2 overs with five batters dismissed for ducks in Sharjah.
Najibullah Zadran set up the win with his 34-ball 59 to guide Afghanistan to 190 for four after they elected to bat first.