Melbourne, Nov. 13: England scripted history on Sunday as they became the first team to hold the ODI and T20 World Cup titles at the same time.
Having won the 2019 ODI World Cup at home, Jos Buttler's men handed Pakistan a five-wicket defeat to win their second T20 World. England had won their maiden T20 World Cup in 2010, with a win over West Indies.
Incidentally, England join West Indies as only the second team to win two T20 World Cups. It was a special occasion for Jos Buttler, who took over the reigns of the team just six months ago. Furthermore, Buttler become the second wicketkeeper-batter to lead captain the side to the title, after Indian skipper MS Dhoni.
Dhoni led India to the T20 World title in 2007. It was also Dhoni's debut as a captain in the T20 WC. Buttler and Dhoni are now the two wicketkeepers to guide their teams to a World title.
Furthermore, Buttler became only the third England skipper to win a prestigious ICC trophy. The England team, being pegged as the 'Golden Generation' were lauded by fans and former and current cricketers.
Congratulating the England team, the legendary Sanath Jayasuriya said, cricket was the winner. Taking to social media, Sri Lankan legend Jayasuriya said, "Congratulations to England for playing a strong entertaining brand of cricket. Well played Pakistan for never giving up! Cricket was the winner #T20WorldCupFinal."
The legendary Sachin Tendulkar too took to social media to hail England's second T20 World trophy. Posting a photo of the triumphant England side, Tendulkar wrote, on Twitter, "Congratulations England on winning your 2nd @T20WorldCup. Fantastic achievement. It was a closely fought final and would've been even more interesting had Afridi not been injured. What a roller coaster of a World Cup."
Meanwhile, Pakistani cricketer Fawad Alam hailed Pakistan's fighting spirit. The Babar Azam-led side had opened their campaign with two consecutive losses. After being written off, Pakistan put up a spirited fightback to march into the finals. Congratulating the Pakistan side, Alam wrote on Twitter, "This team that started off with consecutive losses and then staged an ideal comeback, they've lost the final today but definitely has won our hearts for a valiant effort. Congrats to @englandcricket."
Here's how the world reacted to England's win over Pakistan at the MCG:
Congratulations England on winning your 2nd @T20WorldCup. 🏆— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 13, 2022
Fantastic achievement. 👏🏻
It was a closely fought final and would’ve been even more interesting had Afridi not been injured.
What a roller coaster of a World Cup. #T20WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/1rNyFO7L7T
The batting side dug a hole that even the worlds best bowling couldn’t fill. Outstanding effort by the team to get to the final against all odds and a great game of cricket. England came well prepared. Chin up boys, we are the runners up of the #T20WorldCup https://t.co/xbRAonpIKS— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) November 13, 2022
This team that started off with consecutive losses and then staged an ideal comeback, they've lost the final today but definitely has won our hearts for a valiant effort 👏🏼 Congrats to @englandcricket 👍🏼#ENGvPAK #T20WorldCupFinal— Fawad Alam (@iamfawadalam25) November 13, 2022
Congratulations to England for playing a strong entertaining brand of cricket. Well played Pakistan for never giving up! Cricket was the winner #T20WorldCupFinal— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) November 13, 2022
Waqt ki sabse khusburat baat ye hoti hai ki wo badalta hai…— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) November 13, 2022
Congratulations England on a thrilling win in the finals of T20 world cup. pic.twitter.com/wp4PJqqXMH