Wasim Jaffer and Michael Vaughan have been teasing each other on social media since India’s tour of Australia began in November last year. The most recent episode happened on Tuesday, when the former England captain made a prediction for the Indian Premier League’s upcoming season (IPL). Mumbai Indians will retain the title for the third year in a row, according to Vaughan, and SunRisers Hyderabad will win if they lose form by a “bizarre miracle.” Vaughan tweeted, “Early #IPL2021 forecast… @mipaltan will take it… if for any bizarre lack of form, @SunRisers will win it.”
Former India opener Jaffer replied to Vaughan’s tweet with a meme, implying that his prediction had disappointed MI and SRH fans while delighting fans of other teams.
In case you missed it, Vaughan predicted that Australia would sweep India 4-0 in the Test series after the visitors were bowled out for 36 in the first match, handing Australia a convincing victory.
Despite captain Virat Kohli’s departure after the first match and a slew of injuries, India rallied to win the series 2-1.
At the time, Jaffer was one of those who mocked Vaughan for his forecast.
Since then, the two have had some more Twitter exchanges, especially as England toured India shortly after.
Wasim Jaffer has another reason to hope that Vaughan’s forecast is incorrect: he is the batting coach for the Punjab Kings, who are having a strong season.
The IPL 2021 season begins on Friday in Chennai, with Mumbai Indians taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore.