Post-retirement, former England skipper Michael Vaughan and ex-India cricketer Wasim Jaffer have become known for their engaging and often hilarious takes on Twitter.
Both ex-cricketers have never shied away from speaking their mind on the social media platform, frequently engaging in banter with fans and other peers.
The duo, in fact, have been embroiled in a Twitter feud ever since India fought back to win the Test series in Australia 2-1 earlier this year. Vaughan had tipped Australia to whitewash India 4-0 and when his prediction went wrong, Jaffer was one of the first to remind the Englishman that he was proved wrong.
On Thursday, both Vaughan and Jaffer were back in the news for their social media antics and their interaction captured the imagination of cricket fans across the globe.
When asked which cricketer he would like to block on social media in an interaction with Crictracker, Vaughan said: “Wasim Jaffer. To be honest, I wouldn’t block anyone. I block people who abuse me, trying to have a go at me, or someone whose handle isn’t real.”
Not one to back down, Jaffer’s riposte was instant. The 43-year-old tweeted a funny meme of India celebrating winning a Test series in England in 2007. It was the last time that India had beaten English in a Test series in England and Jaffer was a part of the team, while Vaughan was captaining the hosts.
Soon after, England’s 2005 Ashes-winning captain replied to the former Indian opener’s tweet, reminding him about the one time he had claimed Jaffer’s wicket.
"I would never do that Wasim. No player that got out to my filthy off-spin will ever be blocked.”
The banter between the two came to an end after Jaffer’s final tweet, "Never knew I'd have to pay like this for getting out to your filthy off-spin."
The 46-year-old Englishman was also in the news recently for criticising the pitches in India during the four-match Test series against England, earlier in the year.
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Featured photo: Twitter / Wasim Jaffer; AFP / Paul Ellis