Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan Cricket’s Famous Fan Turns His Back On Team Ahead Of India Clash
The Indian cricket team takes Pakistan on June 4 in the Champions Trophy in the first match between the two teams since the 2015 World Cup in format 50. With a huge expectation surrounding the contest, cricket fans in Everyone are already making predictions about possible outcomes. The blue men will also be polite favorites on this occasion, even though Pakistan is head to head in the Champions Trophy. Not only fans of India, but some Pakistani fans also believe that the side of Virat Kohli will be too hot to handle in the day.
Surprisingly, one of the biggest cricket fans in Pakistan – Mohammad Bashir, popularly known as the ‘Chacha Chicago’ – also agrees with this assessment. Bashir, who is one of the best known faces of the stands, believes there is no competition between the two teams.
“Ab nahi koi raha Muqabla India Pakistan ka (the party between India and Pakistan is not the competition it was.) India dresser Aage Nikal gaya hain (India is ahead of Pakistan),” he Bashir told PTI.
Bashir, who has not lost a single Indo-Pak contest in the past six years, will not be present in England to meet on June 4
“Side Ek by Dhoni, Kohli, Yuvraj aur Pakistan player mein Toh bada koi nahi hain ji (there is no star player in Pakistan on the line of India),” he said.
“What was the time when people like Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis would play.” Now, he did not even know the names of most of the players, India should have more ease.
Bashir proved for the first time the flavor of a match between India and Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup in Mohali.
“I have not missed a single contest from India and Pakistan since my first time at Mohali during the 2011 World Cup,” he said.
Interestingly, Bashir said he likes India over Pakistan now.
“I still like Pakistan, but I love India now.” Earlier, I wanted Pakistan to win, but now it’s India. The love I received during my first trip to Mohali in 2011 was overwhelming.
“I came to a stage where I almost happen every year in India and I do not go to Pakistan. I feel a lot safer in India,” said the 64-year-old.