Karachi-born Mohammad Bashir Bozai, popularly known as Chacha Chicago, has vowed to stop watch India-Pakistan play at ICC events after MS Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket.
The former India skipper brought down curtains on his illustrious career on Saturday, thus ending the long speculation over his career. Few minutes after his retirement, his former India teammate Suresh Raina also followed suit by retiring from international cricket.
MS Dhoni’s sudden decision to retire has left millions of his fans heartbroken and Bashir is not an exception either. In fact, he is so heartbroken that he has decided not to travel to any ICC tournament from now on. Bashir’s love for Dhoni is no secret. He is such a big fan of the legendary Indian cricketer that he even ignored the abuses from Pakistani fans for cheering an India cricketer. He is now planning visit Ranchi to meet the the wicketkeeper-batsman.
“Dhoni has retired and so have I. I don’t see myself travelling for cricket again with him not being around. I loved him and he loved me back,” Bashir told PTI.
“All great players have to call time one day but his retiring makes me sad and brings back a lot of precious memories. He deserved a grand send-off but again he is beyond that,” added Bashir who runs a restaurant in Chicago.
The bond between Bashir and MS Dhoni came to limelight after the 2011 World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan. A ticket for the arguably the biggest game of the tournament in Mohali was a precious commodity but Dhoni arranged it for the Pakistani man. No surprises that the man, who survived three heart attacks and traveled to every part of the world to catch a glimpse of MS Dhoni, has decided against traveling any more for the game.
“I will go to his house in Ranchi when things get normal (post Covid-19 pandemic). That is the least I can do to wish him all the best for the future. I will also ask Ram Babu (another super fan, from Mohali, to come with me).
“I would have travelled to see him in the IPL but there are travel conditions and with my heart condition, it is not safe to do so,” said Bashir.