As expectations and feelings peak on each side of the border forward of the Champions Trophy final between Pakistan and India, an image reportedly displaying former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni carrying the son of Pakistani skipper Safaraz Ahmed in his arms has given followers a glimpse of a softer aspect of the Gentleman’s Recreation.
Hours earlier than the 2 cricket-loopy nations are going to face one another on the Oval in London, the image, apparently taken within the foyer of a lodge, has gone viral on social media.
Whereas heartwarming, this isn’t the one time an Indian cricketer has proven exceptional goodwill to a Pakistani counterpart. A few months in the past, studies prompt that Indian skipper Virat Kohli had gifted his shirt to Pakistan’s star cricketer Shahid Afridi on the latter’s retirement.
Nevertheless, the image of Dhoni with Sarfaraz’s son has symbolic significance because it seems at a time when media on each side of the border has been ramping up the rhetoric towards the opposite aspect within the lead-as much as the match.
Hopes for a bilateral cricket event between the 2 nations have additionally all however collapsed because the Indian cricket board repeatedly excuses the workforce from enjoying towards Pakistan with out formal approval from New Delhi, the place the political celebration in energy sees it towards its pursuits.
Expressing help for every others’ cricket groups brazenly has additionally value admirers jail time in some situations. In December final yr, 21-yr-previous Indian teenager Ripon Chaudhry was arrested for sporting the Pakistan workforce’s shirt whereas watching an area cricket event in India’s Assam state.
Equally, earlier final yr, a Pakistani fan of Virat Kohli was booked and arrested for hoisting the Indian flag on the roof of his home as an expression of help and admiration for his idol.
This endearing image within the prevailing surroundings has subsequently drawn overwhelming reward from cricket followers throughout the globe as a nice present of sportsmanship.
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