The cricket community flooded Imran Khan's social media with congratulatory messages after unofficial results declared his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), as the winner in general election 2018.
Imran marked his presence in the cricket world, not only by captaining the Pakistan team but also leading his side to the World Cup crown in 1992.
Current and former cricketers from Pakistan and the world over took to social media to congratulate the cricketer-turned-politician, who is the likely prime minister of the country after more than two decades of political struggle.
Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev, in a video message, congratulated the PTI chief on his achievement.
“You shouldn’t discount his 25 years of struggle to reach this point either," Dev said. “Imran is a born leader and I truly hope he can help his country.”
Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop, ex-England captain Michael Vaughan, former great Geoffrey Boycott, and Sri Lanka's Russell Arnold tweeted their congratulations.
My heartiest congratulations to the new Prime minister of Pakistan; Prime Minister Imran Khan. Proud to know an outstanding former player could achieve such an important role in leading ones country. May he lead with integrity and by example. Inshallah🙏🏽🙏🏽.— ian bishop (@irbishi) July 26, 2018
Congratulations to Imran Khan #PakistanElection2018 A hero to many of us ... Wishing you all the very best !!! Pakistan have won the Toss !!!— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 27, 2018
Chairman of the Indian Premier League, Rajeev Shukla, tweeted his best wishes for Imran Khan, and expressed hope that as PM, he would work to improve Indo-Pak ties.
Heartiest congratulations to @ImranKhanPTI on successfully winning the Pakistan Elections, it has been my honour to have seen him grow through the last 22 years to get to this position. #PakistanElections2018— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) July 26, 2018
Commentator and former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar said Imran is "the epitome of setting the bar high and reaching it."
Imran is the epitome of setting the bar high and reaching it. Congratulations & good luck to my cricketing hero, Imran Khan!— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 27, 2018
Former and current members of the Pakistan cricket team shared their excitement at Imran Khan's victory in the elections.
Congrat PTI and @ImranKhanPTI on a truly historic victory! The 22 yr old struggle has finally paid off & deservedly. Pakistanis have a lot of expectations from u I really hope u lead from the front! I request all opposing parties& media to accept the result and help rebuild 🇵🇰— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 26, 2018
This is the result of 22 years of conviction , relentless efforts , determination and not giving up!— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 26, 2018
Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI You have done it!!!#PrimeMinisterImranKhan #NayaPakistan #ElectionPakistan2018Results
Who could be a bigger and better example of a leader than Imran Khan, who as a super star had the world at his feet and yet elbow greased for 22 years to work for his objective and vision..he’s special and we are proud to have him as our Prime Minister..— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 26, 2018