Zaheer Khan and Hardik Pandya have played together for Mumbai Indians. (Reuters Photo)
- Zaheer's sharp wit was on full display when he replied to Hardik Pandya's birthday wish
- Hardik Pandya had wished Zaheer Khan with a cheeky tweet
- Cricket fans found Hardik Pandya's birthday wish for Zaheer Khan "direspectful"
Former India pacer Zaheer Khan's sharp wit was on full display when he replied to Hardik Pandya's birthday wish on Tuesday.
Zaheer Khan thanked Hardik for his wishes, added some wit and humor in his reply and tweeted: "Hahahaha....thank you for the wishes @hardikpandya7 my batting skills can never be as good as yours but the birthday was as good as the next delivery you faced from me in this match ??."
Hahahaha....thank you for the wishes @hardikpandya7 my batting skills can never be as good as yours but the birthday was as good as the next delivery you faced from me in this match https://t.co/anhQdrUBN7zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 8, 2019
Hardik Pandya's birthday wish to former fast bowling great Zaheer Khan had not gone down well with cricket fans, who slammed the India all-rounder for his cheeky tweet.
Zaheer had turned 41 on Monday and Hardik wished the former pacer by tweeting: "Happy birthday Zak ... Hope you smash it out of the park like I did here."
Hardik tweeted with a video of him smashing Zaheer for a six in a domestic match. However, netizens found his post disrespectful and slammed the 25-year-old.
Many schooled Pandya about Khan's achievements including his performance in the 2011 World Cup where he took 21 wickets in the tournament and finished as the joint highest wicket-taker along with Shahid Afridi.
Hardik Pandya is currently on a break and is recovering from his prolonged injury that he suffered during the Asia Cup last September in UAE.
Hardik recovered to play in the Indian Premier League 2019 and the World Cup before the injury resurfaced.
Pandya, who is an integral part of the Indian team during the next year's World T20 in Australia, is expected to be out of action for the next few months as well.
Hardik Pandya played the T20I series against South Africa earlier this month before being ruled out of the Test series because of the injury. He will miss the T20Is against Bangladesh as well.