Cricket enthusiasts freaked out as they pin back their ears on three terms “cricket, Imran Khan and India”. And if you fused the trio then it becomes a top Twitter trend. Imran Khan Ranks at the Top in ICC Poll for Best Captain on Twitter.
Moreover, ‘Pakistan shocks India’ has been the top trend on Twitter all of Wednesday morning. Why did you ask? Because of a poll run by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on January 12, in which it asked Twitter to single out the best cricketing giant among Imran Khan, India’s Virat Kohli, South Africa’s AB de Villiers, and Australia’s Meg Lanning. And the poll result has boiled over entire India.
The poll held by International Cricket Council (ICC)
The motive of the poll is to create sensation and thrill and jolt down the Twitterati. It is held to find out which player performed the best in his or her career as a captain and Pakistan’s former captain and the current Prime Minister has rung rings around by receiving 47.3 percent of the total votes.
Captaincy proved a blessing for some extraordinary cricketers 🧢🏏
Their averages improved as leaders 📈
You decide which of these ‘pacesetters’ were the best among these geniuses! pic.twitter.com/yWEp4WgMun
— ICC (@ICC) January 12, 2021
Pakistan Lead the Poll till 0 Minutes
The poll was conducted on Twitter and included four captains from four different teams of the world. Along with Imran Khan, it included Indian skipper Virat Kohli, South Africa captain AB de Villiers and the Australia women’s cricket team skipper Meg Lanning.
The crux behind conducting the poll run was that the averages of players improve as a captain and a leader, making them the true ‘trendsetters’ in modern-day cricket. ICC also shared on Twitter the minutiae of how the performances of the four selected captains doctored over their mistakes as a player and improved as a captain.
Who would you rate as the best among these giants?
— ICC (@ICC) January 12, 2021
The Confined Results Shined on Twitter
As per those tweets, the ODI batting average of Virat Kohli improved from 51.29 (not a captain) to 73.88 (as captain). Correspondingly, the ODI batting average of AB de Villiers improved from 45.97 (not as captain) to 63.94 (as captain). Meg Lanning’s ODI batting average improved from 43.87 (not as captain) to 60.93 (as captain), while Imran Khan’s Test averages when he was not a captain were 25.43 (with the bat) and 25.53 (with ball) and as a captain, they improved to 52.34 (with the bat).
However, Imran Khan’s bowling performance went down to 20.26 when he was a captain. Over 500,000 people voted in the poll and after the competition was a close run indeed, between Pakistan and India, Imran Khan was over the hill and wiped out Kohli by a narrow margin.
Imran Khan Ranks at the Top in ICC Poll for Best Captain on Twitter
The poll was envisioned to awake twitter by enquiring a million-dollar question to select the player who performed the best in their career as a captain. Twitteratis, fallen between the cracks and disregarded the true purpose of the poll, as the users started voting for the players hailing from their own country.
Here’s a look at some of the Twitter reactions the poll got in the entire day:
So much was the joy that even some ministers and senators joined in
نَصْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَفَتْحٌ قَرِيبٌ 🙏
— Zartaj Gul Wazir (@zartajgulwazir) January 13, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan has won the @ICC Poll of Best Captain in the world. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. Leading from the front – The greatest skipper ever Masha’ALLAH pic.twitter.com/QOVeipwKFD
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) January 13, 2021
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) January 13, 2021
PTI was leading the troop….Obviously
— Tehreek-e-Insaf (@InsafPK) January 13, 2021
Radio Pakistan also broadcasts the victory
Once a champion, always a champion…!!
— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) January 13, 2021
Indian users are calling the poll factually wrong…..as always
Situation right now
Pakistan. India pic.twitter.com/Qjg383ic34
— Fatima Raja (@F_Z1214) January 13, 2021
Supporters of #BJP, PML-N and PPP have been deeply shocked by Imran Khan’s surprise victory and Virat Kohli’s defeat.@INCIndia supporters have played a key role in Imran Khan’s victory. We thank all the Indian and Congress friends. #Kohli #India #PMIK #PakistanShocksIndia pic.twitter.com/OnGBJZLtLS
— Zohaib Sadozai (@ZSadozaiPTI) January 13, 2021
— Mahnoor Baloch (@iMahnoorBaloch1) January 13, 2021
— Syed Numan Shah (@SyedNum37782555) January 13, 2021
ARY ran it as breaking news
— 🇵🇰🇹🇷SULTAN RAZA Adv 🇵🇰🇹🇷 (@N_S_2010) January 13, 2021
Indians were shocked apparently that took the nation to the seventh sky
Indian Would you like to express your views or emotions? pic.twitter.com/VUK0H8FVnN
— Uman Malik (@U_3322) January 13, 2021
Indians while seeing the results of the poll:
— Hoorain Usman 🇵🇰 (@Its__hoorain) January 13, 2021
The ICC poll graced us with the real champions’ feel… isn’t it?