Following the major defeat in Champions Trophy cricket tournament, several media houses ran a concerted campaign against India-Pakistan, the two neighbours playing a cricket match.
Social media platforms too joined campaigning against an Indo-Pak cricket match.
Their arguments were that India should not keep any relation with Pakistan not even in sporting competitions as long as its sponsored terrorism continued to wreak havoc on the Indian soil.
After beating their arch-rivals early on in the competition, India lost against Pakistan in the finals.
So, when Indian and Pakistani women cricket teams met in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup on Sunday, some news channels were very quick to declare it as an opportunity to take a revenge for the defeat of the men’s team in the Champions Trophy final.
As expected and wished Pakistani women were no match to the Indian cricketers and lost the match badly. Following the defeat to Indians, a Pakistani woman cricketer posted on Instagram which has gone viral.
In her post, Kainat Imtiaz has made a stunning confession of how it was one Indian woman cricketer, who had inspired her to become a fast bowler 12 years ago.
“Let me share a story with you all. In 2005 I saw the Indian team for the 1st time as the Asia Cup was held in Pakistan. I was the ball picker during the tournament… I saw Jhulan Goswami. The fastest bowler of that time. I was so impressed that I chose cricket as a career. Specifically fast bowling.”, Her moving Instagram post said.
“It’s a proud moment for me as after 12 years today in 2017 I am playing this ODI World Cup with one of my inspirations and getting more inspired.” she further added.
In a similar kind of incident which took place recently, a Pakistani die-hard fan of Indian batsman Virat Kohli is facing up to 10 years imprisonment after being arrested for hoisting the Indian tri-colour atop his home in Punjab Province which he had done to show his love for the cricketer.
Diaz said, “I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. I support the Indian team because of Kohli. Hoisting of Indian flag on the rooftop of the house only shows my love for the Indian cricketer.”
These two incidents clearly show the positive impact of India as the country is having on the people in the neighbouring country which defy all scepticism of media created hate and war mongering atmosphere.
By: Drishti Gupta