The Asia Cup 2023 commenced on Wednesday in Multan, with Pakistan taking on Asia Cup newcomers Nepal at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

Just a day before the match, R Ashwin, a senior Indian off-spinner, engaged in a light-hearted conversation with a fake account impersonating Narendra Modi on Twitter. This marked the second occasion where R Ashwin responded playfully to this satirical Twitter account mimicking India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Given that Twitter (now X) has extended its Blue Tick verification to anyone willing to pay, several users adopt the names of well-known celebrities and add ‘Parody’ to their names to clarify their non-authentic status. In this context, R Ashwin has now twice responded to the parody account of Narendra Modi.

As the Asia Cup 2023 commenced in Multan, Ashwin pointed out the remarkable fact that former Indian opener Virender Sehwag had scored a triple century in Test cricket in Multan.

R Ashwin’s tweet read: “The Asia Cup begins today in Multan, where @virendersehwag achieved a triple hundred. However, for today’s match, @CricketNepal fans, could you enlighten me about the exciting talents emerging from your corner of the world? #PAKvsNEP”

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In response, the parody account impersonating Narendra Modi humorously remarked: “Cheering for Nepal, extending full support to them.”

Recognizing the account’s fraudulent nature, R Ashwin responded in good humor: “Certainly, sir. Hoping you manage to catch the game amidst your packed schedule.”

This exchange elicited plenty of laughter among the fans.

A few days prior, R Ashwin had similarly responded sarcastically to this parody account in connection to the success of Chandrayaan-3.

Meanwhile, in Multan, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam won the toss and chose to bat first against Nepal.

Here are the team line-ups:

Nepal (Playing XI): Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh(w), Rohit Paudel(c), Aarif Sheikh, Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulsan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi

Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf