New Delhi: Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Monday advised Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to cross the border after he congratulated the Pakistan Cricket Team on their victory over Team India in the ICC Champions Trophy final that held on Sunday.
Post India-Pakistan match, Farooq took to micro-blogging site Twitter and posted,”Fireworks all around, feels like an early Eid here. Better team took the day. Congratulations team Pakistan.”
His post didn’t go down well with veteran Indian batsman and he took a jibe at him saying,”A suggestion @MirwaizKashmir why don’t u cross the border? U will get better fireworks (Chinese?), Eid celeberations there.I can help u with packing.”
However, this was not Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s first post in favour of Pakistan. Earlier also he had cheered for the Pakistan Cricket Team after their win over England in the first semi-final match of the ICC Champions Trophy. The chairman of Hurriyat Forum had tweeted, “As we were finishing taraweeh, could hear the fire crackers bursting, well played team Paksitan. Best of luck for the finals!”
Following Gambhir’s suggestion to Farooq, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that it is easy to say such things to people like Mirwaiz, however, any player who would have refused to play against Pakistan would have been hailed all across the country.
Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan came out with a splendid all-round performance as they defeated arch-rival India by 180 runs at The Oval to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title. Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India bowed down before the Pakistani bowlers and got all out for a mere score of 158 runs in 33.3 overs.
(With inputs from ANI)