Watch: "Frustrated" Ramiz Raja tried to snatch Indian journalist's mobile when asked about Pakistan’s loss in Asia Cup final
On Sunday, Sri Lanka registered a 23-run win over Pakistan in the final of the Asia Cup 2022 to lift the trophy for the sixth time in history, and they are now just one title behind India, who has seven Asia Cup titles under their name.
Despite a good start with the bowl, Pakistan totally lost the momentum and conceded too many runs in the end. From 58/5, Sri Lanka went on to score 170/6 in 20 overs, which proved to be more than enough for them to defend and win the tournament.
Chasing the target, Paksitan got all out for 147 runs, losing by 23 runs. This loss didn't go well with the former Pakistani cricketers and fans as they criticised the slow batting approach of the Pakistani batters while chasing a big target. Mohammad Rizwan was the top scorer for the team, who made 55 runs, but he took 49 balls for this.
It seemed that the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Ramiz Raza, also couldn't control his emotions and was seen behaving stragely after Pakistan's loss. When asked about Pakistan's defeat, he snatched an Indian journalist's phone.
The reporter, identified as Rohit Juglan of Yaari Sports, questioned Ramiz Raza about his advice for the Pakistani supporters who were upset about their team's loss to Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final. He asked, "People are unhappy about the outcome of the match. What is your message for them?"
The visibly frustrated Ramiz Raza replied, "You must be from India and your people must be extremely happy. Which people are you talking about?" Rohit further clarified that he was asking about the Pakistani fans, who would be disheartened after the loss.
The PCB Chairman didn't answer the query but instead turned to leave while attempting to snatch Rohit's phone. After that, Ramiz Raza scolded a supporter for touching his shoulder.
Earlier in the match, Bhanuka Rajapaksa played an excellent unbeaten innings of 71* runs. Wanindu Hasaranga also played a quick innings of 36 off 21 balls and then took three wickets with the ball. Thus, he won the "Man of the Match" award for his all-round performance.