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Virat Kohli increases India-Pakistan bonhomie with special congratulatory message

Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team captain, has wished Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar who has opened a charitable restaurant in Lahore in a bid to help deaf kids.

cricket Updated: Feb 07, 2018 19:12 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Virat Kohli,Aleem Dar,India vs Pakistan
Virat Kohli has wished umpire Aleem Dar, who has opened up a charitable restaurant in Lahore to help deaf children.(AFP)

Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team captain known for playing an aggressive brand of cricket on the field, displayed his magnanimity by wishing a special official across the border in Pakistan. Kohli conveyed his wishes to umpire Aleem Dar who has opened a charitable restaurant at Lahore.

Kohli, who is currently leading Indian team in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, spoke from a gym in the Rainbow Nation and lauded Dar’s initiative.

“I have come to know that you want to help deaf kids using the revenue from hotel business. I really hope you achieve success in your endeavor. I urge everyone to visit his restaurant at least once and taste the food there. My best wishes are with you,” the 29-year-old was seen saying in the video.

Aleem Dar is a three-time ICC Umpire of the Year winner. His restaurant business is aimed at generating revenue to help hearing impaired children from Pakistan. The 49-year-old also runs a cricket academy in Pakistan which gives training to children from middle class background.

India are currently leading the six-match series 2-0 and will be aiming to win thier first-ever bilateral series title in South Africa.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 19:11 IST