Usama Mir hits back at critics amidst recent setbacks


Pakistan spinner Usama Mir is facing severe criticism from disillusioned fans following recent setbacks in the 2023 World Cup in India and the recently concluded five-match T20I series against New Zealand. 

In a recent interview with a local media channel, Usama expressed his frustration with the backlash, emphasizing the unpredictable nature of public opinion.

“People talk like this, they even abuse me, so I think they forget everything, and whoever performs well, in a second, you will make them Don Bradman, you will make them Viv Richards, and for one bad performance, you will even call them sourch (parchi),” Usama Mir said.

Clearly disheartened, the leg-spinner questioned the need for such extreme reactions, urging fans to maintain their support regardless of the team’s performance.

“I don’t know which words will be used, but I think you should support because we are playing for your country, not for any other country. If there is something, so you should support us in every situation. In happiness, every person will be with us and  if we are struggling, no one will stand with us in difficult times, then what is the need for this thing,” he concluded.

In the ODI World Cup 2023 match against Australia last year, Usama Mir missed a crucial catch of David Warner at a pivotal moment. This lapse allowed Warner to score 163 runs off 124 balls, contributing to Pakistan’s defeat in a must-win scenario. 

In his T20I debut series against New Zealand, the 28-year-old faced challenges with his performance, participating in three matches and managing to take only two wickets. He conceded 111 runs in the series, with an economy rate of 9.25.