Iftikhar Ahmed, Pakistan’s middle-order batter, has spoken about his experience with the nickname Chacha, which was given to him by Babar Azam and has since stuck with him.
In a news conference following the fifth ODI in Karachi, Iftikhar stated that the term initially irked him but that he now enjoys it, especially when cricket fans in the stadium join in.
I recall Shahid Afridi receiving a lot of encouragement from cricket fans when he batted. Iftikhar Ahmed continued, I’m delighted that they now support me in the same way.
The 32-year-old batsman went on to remark that there is nothing wrong with the nickname because it expresses the stadium’s cricket fans’ enthusiasm and support for him.
Iftikhar, who scored a brave fifty in the most recent ODI, stated that the moniker no longer bothers him and that he actually enjoys it. He encouraged fans to keep enjoying themselves.
It is worth noting that after Haris Sohail was forced to withdraw from the series before the third game owing to a shoulder injury, the right-hander was named to the national team.
Iftikhar scored 94 runs off 72 balls in the fifth and final game of the series against New Zealand, including eight boundaries and two maximums.
Sometimes I feel embarrassed that Iftikhar is now known as ‘Chacha,’ but I’m glad people like it, Babar Azam said at the post-match press conference.