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Pakistan vs World XI: Why Pak fans miss cricket superstars Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni

No Indian cricketer is part of the ICC World XI side which will play a three-match T20I series against Pakistan in Lahore. Pakistani fans wanted to see Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni among world stars

cricket Updated: Sep 13, 2017 15:21 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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India captain Virat Kohli, right, and former skipper MS Dhoni remain highly popular with fans in the sub-continent, especially Pakistan which is hosting a World XI in a series of T20 matches in Lahore(AP)

Pakistan is all set to host the landmark series which marks the return of international cricket in the country. The Pakistan national team will take on an ICC World XI in a three-match T20I series granted international status starting Tuesday, and the entire nation is caught in frenzy. The presence of a Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni would have boosted the event a zillion times, if Pakistan fans are to be believed.

While some of the best cricketers from as many as seven countries have reached Pakistan with the former Zimbabwean cricketer Andy Flower as their head coach, the Indians are conspicuous by their absence and there are many who do not like it.

As expected, no Indian was named in the ICC World XI which is captained by Faf du Plessis, and has current cricketers such as Hashim Amla, Tamim Iqbal, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir and David Miller to name a few.

On such a historic moment for Pakistan, a country in which fans have waited for eight long and painstaking years to see international cricket returning to their country, Indian superstars like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are being missed. “We miss, you,” was the clear message from the Pakistan fans.

That Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni command a lot of respect and love from across the border is not a surprise, but it was indeed a pleasant surprise for both the Indian superstars to be remembered by Pakistani fans on a historic occasion. Many of them took to social media to express their thoughts.

Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf , Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan, Sohail Khan.

ICC World XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Imran Tahir.

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 15:38 IST