IND vs PAK: Watch - 'Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma ko dost samjho' - Shaheen Afridi receives surprising 'don't bowl well against India' message

Published - 08 Jun 2024, 06:54 PM | Updated - 08 Jun 2024, 07:42 PM

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi. Image Credit: X

As the anticipation for the India-Pakistan clash in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 soars among the fans, Shaheen Shah Afridi, the premier pacer of the Pakistan National Cricket Team, has suddenly become a fan favorite among the Indian fans in New York.

India and Pakistan will yet again revive their historic rivalry on Sunday, June 9, when the two Asian cricketing giants will face each other in their group game of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

Indian fans shower affection on Shaheen Afridi ahead of India-Pakistan T20 World Cup 2024 clash

Ahead of this much-awaited clash between the two arch-rivals, Indian fans surrounded Shaheen Afridi in New York and had some jolly conversations with the pace sensation of the neighboring country. A video from New York is crazily going viral on social media, where Indian fans are seen engaging with former Pakistani legend Shahid Afridi’s son-in-law, Shaheen.

In the viral clip, Indian fans can be heard expressing their excitement about the upcoming IND vs PAK match while posing for pictures with Afridi. One fan jokingly asked Afridi not to bowl too well against the Indian cricket team in the match, leaving the Pakistani star in a split.

One of the fans is saying, “We have come here to watch a special match, but we got a nice surprise.” Then, the Indian fans even asked Afridi “not to bowl a good spell against India”.

Adding to the light-hearted banter, another fan hilariously suggests that Afridi should consider Indian cricket stars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as his friends, leading to laughter among the fans surrounding the Pakistani star, showing the spirit of sportsmanship amidst the fierce rivalry.

Afridi responded to the Indian fans with calmness and a smile, embracing the playful exchange with them. After their exchanges, a fan extends well wishes to both the India and Pakistan teams for their big clash in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 on Sunday.

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Rain threat looms over IND vs PAK clash

Well, Team India had a winning start to their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign, beating Ireland by eight wickets in their first match in New York on June 5. On the other hand, the Pakistan cricket team suffered a shocking loss to the co-hosts, the USA in their tournament opener via super over on June 6 in Texas.

Now, India will look to carry forward their winning momentum in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, while Pakistan will also be eager to open its account in the mega event. However, according to the latest weather forecast, there are high chances of rain in New York during the scheduled IND vs PAK match on Sunday.

Accuweather suggested that there is a 51% chance of rain at 11 AM local time (8:30 PM IST), just 30 minutes after the match is set to begin, which is not a really good sign, as if the rain plays its game, then the teams will have to share the points.

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