On Wednesday, the cricket teams of India and Pakistan faced each other after a span of more than a year in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 in UAE. It was expected to be another one of those matches where cricket was of the highest quality, there were some intense moments and it went down to the wire, forcing fans to bite off their nails in anticipation. But, on the contrary, it turned out to be a lopsided contest, which was won rather comfortably by India by eight wickets. Also Read - This Day That Year: Sachin Tendulkar's Chancy 85 Sets up India's Win Over Pakistan in 2011 Semi-Final
However, despite being one of those matches which didn’t rise to the occasion and give fans some anxious moments, it had incidents which showcased and proved why India-Pakistan matches are one of the greatest cricketing rivalries in the world and how despite political tensions there between the two nations, cricket fans of both the nations still loved the game more than the so-called love-hate relationship. Also Read - ICC Salutes Former T20 World Cup Winner Joginder Sharma For Performing His Cop Duty During Coronavirus Outbreak
During the match, while Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal won hearts by tying shoelaces of Pakistani batter Usman Khan, the beautiful gesture where a Pakistani national sang Indian national anthem garnered praise across the borders. Also Read - ICC World Test Championship With No India-Pakistan Matches Makes no Sense: Waqar Younis
In the video which has gone viral on social media, the man, now recognised as Adil Taj, holding Pakistan national flag can be seen singing Jana Gana Mana passionately while recording it in his camera.
Watch the video here:
The two teams will be again facing each other in the Super Four stage of the competition and Adil is totally geared up for that. Speaking to news agency ANI, Adil revealed what made him sing the Indian national anthem.
“Some Indian fans were sitting with us in our enclosure. When our national anthem was played, I saw how they stood in respect and also clapped for it,” said Adil while talking about the incident on September 19.
He now plans to carry the national flags of both India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday and cheering for both the teams. “I sang Pakistan anthem tried my best when Indian anthem was played. Pakistan fans listened to it respectfully. It was a small gesture towards peace…Plan on carrying both flags tomorrow,” he says.
Remember, Pakistan would be eager to take revenge of the defeat which they suffered at the hands of India in the group stage.