Following India’s drubbing at the hands of Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament, an Indian girl’s Facebook post congratulating the men in green went viral.
In her Facebook post, the girl named Archana Mohan spoke highly of team Pakistan and said that her entire family was awestruck by how well Pakistan had played to outsmart India in the final. This is an excerpt from her Facebook status, which fetched more than 9,000 shares and received more than 32,000 likes in less than 24 hours.
‘I wish we had players like theirs’, my husband said ruefully. ‘From the by lanes of Peshawar to an ICC event, they are cricketers in the purest sense’, he said dreamily.
‘And what about that boy Fakhar Zaman’, my father in law, said, his cup of filter coffee simmering just like his voice. He is a Navy man no? That’s what a soldier does for his country,’ the ex-serviceman said proudly.
‘It has been a tough few years for Pakistan. Lack of finances and the reluctance of other teams to play there on account of security reasons has crippled them to some extent but as this win shows, you can never write them off. Irrespective of the result, I am sure, we will always remember this unbelievable comeback from the team that was expected to crash out in the first round itself.
‘I can’t believe that I am saying this, but thank you Pakistan for winning the match. Thank you for being an inspiration.
‘India may have ended up second, but many of us won something more important than a shiny trophy – the tag of being a good sport.
‘Perhaps there may still be hope for the two countries after all!’ read her post.
Story first published: 20th June 2017