The cricket fans in Pakistan recently had a great time as international cricket returned to their country after a long period of eight years. The World XI cricket team members received a warm reception in Pakistan while this 3-match T20I series turned out to be a huge success. Pakistan won the series by 2-1 after defeating the guests by 33 runs in the last match held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September 15. Some of the fans even wished if MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli were part of the World XI side while few of them trolled the Indian captain for not being a part of this tournament.
Some of the pictures doing rounds on social media explained that Virat and Dhoni have a huge fan following across the border as well.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 15, 2017
Despite everything going positive, there was a spectator who held a placard at the Gaddafi Stadium in which it was written,” VIRAT KOHLI KO AMMI SE IJAZAT NAHI MILI (Kohli didn’t get permission from his mother to come to Pakistan)
This one pic.twitter.com/ITfb2T8dql
— Banana Leaks (@banana_leaks) September 13, 2017
Even the leading global cricket website ESPNcricinfo termed this placard ‘cheeky’
A cheeky placard at Gaddafi Stadium! pic.twitter.com/mHax4OcSwZ
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 13, 2017
Virat Kohli is one of those Indian cricketers who is loved in Pakistan because of the way he plays his game and the aggressive attitude he portrays on the field. Many of the Pakistani women cricketers idolises the Indian skipper.
Earlier, former Pakistani skipper, Shahid Afridi said he would have preferred if Indian cricketers like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were also a part of the extravaganza. In an exclusive talk with BBC Urdu, he said, “A couple of Indian players could have sent a good message as sports can help resolve quite serious issues.”
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