The Indian opener wasn't too impressed with Lateef's statements and hit back.
The fans may have moved on from the epic India-Pakistan clash at the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy with India sealing a comprehensive win, it seems cricket greats from both sides-- swashbuckling Indian opener Virender Sehwag and Pakistani batsman Rashid Lateef are not in the mood to douse the simmering fire engaging in a war of words on the social media.
Known for his witty one-liners and sarcasm, it was Sehwag who kick-started the debate after India dealt a meaty blow to the Pakistanis in the group match, defeated their arch-rivals by 124 runs (D/L) to win the rain-interrupted encounter.
"Pote ke baad Bete. Koi baat nahi Beta, Well tried ! Congratulations Bharat !#BaapBaapHotaHai #INDvPAK," Sehwag tweeted on 4th June, when India beat Pakistan following the routing of Bangladesh in a practice match.
However, Pakistan made a strong comeback against a stronger South Africa and thrashed the Proteas to remain in contention for the semi-final berth.
This gave Lateef an opportunity to take on Sehwag and launched a scathing attack on the Indian batsman in a 15-minute video titled ‘Special response to Sehwag.’
The former Pakistani batter-wicket keeper said: "Sehwag is targeting the entire nation, not just a player or a team. We respect their players and they also respect ours, though Sehwag's remark 'Baap Baap Hota Hai' is not what we expect from a former classy batsman."
Lateef also gave Sehwag a history lesson and said: "All big monuments left to India were by our ancestors, be it Ajmer Sharif or Nizamuddin Sharif or Taj Mahal. I have a bigger family in India than you do.”
The Indian opener wasn't too impressed with Lateef's statements and hit back saying: "A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words," he said on Twitter.
Although, it seems unlikely that this will be the last confrontation between the two cricketing legends especially with a possibility of yet another India-Pakistan encounter, rest assured TV's will be broken on the losing side and the winners will burst crackers but the real fireworks will definitely be on the social media.