In a latest incident we witnessed another heartwarming tale of friendship between India and Pakistan at a time when the relationship between the two Asian neighbours are highly tensed and strained. One of India’n cricket’s biggest supporter and fan – Sudhir Gautam had given up hopes of waving the tri-colour from the stands during the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 in UAE.Also Read - Sachin Tendulkar Shares Inspiring Video of Differently-Abled Man Playing Carrom With His Feet | Watch
But, a little support from across the border by Pakistan cricket team’s biggest fan Bashir Chach (also known as Chacha Chicago) has come as a blessing in disguise for Sudhir. Some love from across the border has helped Sudhir not only realise his dream of supporting the Men in Blue at the six-team continental tournament but also root for Team India from the stands in the much-awaited clash against Pakistan on September 19 in Dubai. Also Read - ENG vs IND 2021: 4 Milestones Which Virat Kohli Can Achieve in Upcoming Five-Match Test Series
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Known as an ardent follower of ‘God of Cricket’ – Sachin Tendulkar, Sudhir is unarguably the most recognisable cricket fan in the country of over 1.25 billion. However, he did not have the financial means to arrange for the UAE trip, let alone the accommodation for the next two weeks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
When all hopes were lost, the Tendulkar fan had received a call from Chacha Chicago, who wanted to enquire his Indian counterpart about his Asia Cup plans.
When Sudhir explained his situation, Chacha immediately offered to help his friend with flight tickets and accommodation expenses.
“It’s pure love. You know money will come and go with Allah’s grace. I told Sudhir you just come here and I will take care of everything. I am not a rich person but my heart is as big as an ocean. If I help you, Allah will be happy,” Bashir Chacha told www.xtratime.in from the UAE.
Sudhir added: “I handled the visa, chacha handled the tickets just for me to cheer for Team India. Chachaji also took care of everything, including the hotel and my food.”
Long back the Indian government had ruled out all the possibilities of resumption of bilateral cricket ties between the two arch-rivals, citing the increase in cross-border terrorism from the other side of the border.
India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket series since the latter’s tour in 2012-13 season. The two sides have been meeting only in International Cricket Council (ICC) and other major international tournaments.