On Monday, Mohammad Nabi bid farewell to the longest format of the game on a winning note after Afghanistan thrashed Bangladesh by 224 runs in the one-off Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Nabi had already announced his retirement from Test cricket on September 6, a day after the match started.
After the match, Afghanistan players made the moment special for their former skipper by giving him a ‘Guard of Honour’ near the sidelines.
— ICC (@ICC) September 9, 2019
Afghanistan’s current captain Rashid Khan, who led his side from the front, praised Nabi for helping him and other spin bowlers. Rashid also dedicated his Player of the Match award to his former skipper.
“Legend Nabi had his last game, he’s helped us a lot and I thank him for his contribution to Afghanistan. I would like to dedicate this Man of the Match award to him,” Rashid said at the post-match presentation.
Here’s how the Twitter world reacted:
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 9, 2019
Wow welldone Captain @rashidkhan_19 and congrats to whole Nation and team for did a great job in test cricket#congrats to @RahmatShah_08 @MAsgharAfghan @IZadran17 @AfsarZazai_78 @MohammadNabi007 for a wonderful performing in a historical test win over @BCBtigers @afghcricket
— MS Shahzad (@MShahzad077) September 9, 2019
Many congratulations to @ACBofficials on a fantastic victory. Had to not just fight the Bangladesh batsmen but also the rain and they have showed excellent skills and spirit to register a great win. Well done @rashidkhan_19 #BANvAFG pic.twitter.com/5Miqjpl9VI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 9, 2019
Afghanistan have registered their second Test win in just their third Test match.
— ICC (@ICC) September 9, 2019
Rashid Khan is now the first debutant Test captain to claim a 10 wicket match haul and also hit an individual fifty in an innings in the same Test match!#BanvAfg
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 9, 2019
Congratulations to @ACBofficials on your 2nd Test win in just 3 Tests! No doubt there will be Many many more to come. What you have all done in the last 15 years and to do what you have done today… is inspirational for all cricket lovers. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) September 9, 2019
— Hashmat Shahidi (@Hashmat_50) September 9, 2019
Just brilliant from Afghanistan. Had 18.3 overs to get 4 wickets with 2 batsmen and did it with overs to spare. Magnificent game for @rashidkhan_19 but how good was everyone else. Their great story continues.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 9, 2019
afghanistan won't win the world test championship (since they aren't in it) but they just won test cricket! #BANvAFG
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) September 9, 2019
Captains scoring a fifty and taking 10+ wickets in a Test match:
Imran Khan (117 & 11/117) v Ind, Faisalabad, 1983
Allan Border (75 & 11/91) v WI, SCG, 1989
Rashid Khan (51 & 11/104) v Ban, Chattogram, 2019
Rashid only one to do on captaincy debut!!#BanvAfg
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 9, 2019
History for Afghanistan
Captain #RashdiKhan bag 11 wickets in a one off test after a brilliant fiery scores in both innings to win historic test match BY 224 runs for Afghanistan against @BCBtigers
What firewall gift for Afghanistan and for legend #NabiEsaKhail👏🏏👏🇦🇫#AFGvBAN pic.twitter.com/WtjsfLoWnp
— M.ibrahim Momand (@IbrahimReporter) September 9, 2019
Rashid Khan is the most unpredictable player of modern-day cricket. You can never guess his bowling, batting, captaincy or age. #BANvAFG
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) September 9, 2019
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 9, 2019