After bringing the maiden title of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy home, Pakistan opener Azhar Ali on Tuesday took to microblogging site Twitter to post photos of his children alongside Indian skipper Virat Kohli, wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh which further saw Twitteratis saluting the spirit of a human like Ali himself.
The photographs revealed it were clicked in Indian dressing room which has further shown Ali’s two sons; Ibtisam Azhar and Azaan Azhar posing with ex-skipper MS Dhoni.
Moreover, Azhar wrote a heart-warming message that accompanied the photos which went on to receive 18,000 likes 8,400 retweets and 841 comments in last four hours.
“Thanks to these legends for sparing their time for my kids they were so happy…,” tweets Ali on his official Twitter handle.
Such gesture further shows how arch-rivals India and Pakistan players express themselves off-the-field with a human heart after wrestling for respective nations on the field.
The Lahore batsman Ali has thanked the celebrated cricketers while terming them ‘legends’ adding his kids were excited after the photo session with the stalwarts of the Men in Blue.
Ali’s gesture was hailed by Twittersphere which has further touched the hearts of the thousands of the die-hard fans who were in awe of the 32-year-old makeshift opener after Pakistan hammered India by 180 runs in the grand finale of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday (June 18) at The Oval.
Renowned Indian filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt also commented on Ali’s post by saying ‘Humanity restored’ adding the globe is changed through the actions.
However, Ali was quick to respond while showing a great regard towards Bhatt, as he posted ‘Sir, loads of respect’.
The right-handed batsman Ali, who received a hero’s welcome alongside other members of the team while returning to Pakistan as Champions, has knitted a consecutive hundred-run partnership alongside Fakhar Zaman, which further saw him scoring 228 runs in five matches. He has smashed three half-centuries.
The part-time leg-spinner Ali has featured in 60 Tests and 50 One-day Internationals for Pakistan. He has amassed 4,968 runs in longer format at the average of 46.86 and smashed 14 hundreds and 25 fifties.
Scoring 1,833 runs at an average of 39, Ali has smashed three centuries and 12 half-centuries in ODIs.
Here’s the series of tweets which has become the talk over the Twitter between India-Pakistan fans:
— Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) June 20, 2017
Humanity restored! The world is changed by your action not your opinion.
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) June 20, 2017
All Indian players were warm and friendly, can't forget the affection MS showed for Sarfraz's son: GENTLRMEN cricketers
— Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) June 20, 2017
Aggression should be left on the field. Off the field we are all human and share a common love – cricket! Lovely pics 🙂
— Fizaa. (@BasAinvayi) June 20, 2017
This is surely cute. Virat Kholi with Azhar Ali's son pic.twitter.com/jCS7okjaYu
— Farheen (@Farheein) June 19, 2017
Wonderful to see Indian legends doing what makes them a wonderful human being and legend in its true essence. Thanks Team India.
— Mohsin (@Mohsin_Bhagt) June 20, 2017
omg this is so cute! Cheers to sportsmanship!
— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) June 20, 2017
Enemies on the Field Best Friends off the field 😘😍
— N. (@LeMeNiaz) June 20, 2017