KARACHI: The political situation between Pakistan and India may not be so ideal currently, but cricketers from the South Asian rival countries are not hesitating from showing respect for each other.
Both Pakistan and India have not played a full series since 2007 due to ongoing political tensions between the two countries, however, ICC and ACC tournaments have provided fans with some India versus Pakistan action from the cricket field.
During one such event, India’s Virat Kohli gifted his blue jersey, signed by all members of Indian squad to Pakistan’s former captain Shahid Afridi, saying “Shahid bhai, always a pleasure playing against you.”
The image of shirt was already viral on social media, former captain tweeted the picture of shirt on Friday, thanking Virat Kohli for the wonderful gift.
“Thank you to you and the entire Indian team for a wonderful farewell gift @imVkohli. Respect superstar, hope to see you soon,” Afridi had tweeted on Friday, tagging Indian cricketer.
Kohli did not wait much to reply with positive gesture.
“It's a pleasure to have gifted something of importance and a lasting memory @SAfridiOfficial God bless you with everything in life See you,” tweeted the flamboyant Indian cricketer.
The gesture shown by cricket stars from both the players give politicians a strong message that sports should be allowed to continue in attempt to establish people-to-people contact.