The India-Pakistan cricket match may always be a high voltage drama but it also has a lighter side to it. One such instance that reflected the friendly relationship between the two nations happened in the Asia Cup when one Indian fan called the Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik ‘jiju’ which is a Hindi word used to refer to sister’s husband. And Malik’s reaction to it was extremely sweet as well.
Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik is married to Sania Marzia, India’s star tennis player. In the match between India and Pakistan on September 23, Malik was fielding at the boundary ropes when an Indian fan called him ‘jiju’.
It seems that the Pakistan cricketer liked this gesture as he turned towards the fan and waved at him with a smile on his face. This sweet reaction by Malik was liked by fans in the stadium as well on social media.
Meanwhile, Malik continued his purple match against India as well but he failed to get any support from the other batsmen. The right-hand batsman scored a valiant knock of 78 runs to push Pakistan to a respectable total of 237 runs in 50 overs.
However Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made a mockery of Pakistan’s bowling attack and chased the target with ease. Both openers scored centuries and added 210 runs for the first wicket which enabled India to cruise home in the 40th over itself.
With this win, India have reached the finals of the Asia cup while Pakistan will face Bangladesh in a virtual semi-final on September 25. India’s last match of super four stage is against Afghanistan on September 25.