Meet Bashir Chacha, the Man who Loves MS Dhoni More Than his Wife
Ahead of the Nidahas Trophy 2018, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Board President’s XI locked horns in a warm-up match.
It was Bangladesh who won the game in the end by five wickets. There were a couple of notable people present in the crowd. Among them, one was a Bangladeshi fan. He completely paints his body symbolising a tiger and also holding the Bangladesh national flag.
One other fan is Mohammad Bashir also known as Chacha Chicago. He is from Pakistan and resides in Chicago. But he is a supporter of the Indian cricket team.
It was March 16, 2012, when Shoaib’s career as a cricketing fan began. It was when Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100t international century against Bangladesh, Shoaib recalled the memorable clash.
“That match changed my entire life. I saw how Sudhir and Chacha supported India and I felt I must also support my team the same way. When Bangladesh performed brilliantly in the Asia Cup, I decided to be like them,” he said to Hindustan Times. “We were on the verge of winning. Looking at the way how we lost, I cried inconsolably,” he added.
In 2016, a picture of Taskin Ahmed carrying MS Dhoni’s head went viral. Shoaib, however, said the ardent cricket lovers would never do such things.
“The fans who truly love cricket will never do such a thing. These things are an attempt to create a wedge between fans.”
Bashir was one of those spectators who witnessed the 2011 World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan in Mohali.
“When I arrived for the semi-final in Mohali, I was told that there were no tickets available. I took out a placard and wrote, “I want to see the match”. On the second day, a man came with an envelope which contained tickets. He said, ‘This has come from Dhoni sahib’. I did not know MS Dhoni at that time. When I saw the tickets, I was overjoyed. Trust me; I love MS Dhoni more than my wife,” he said.
“Many people asked me, ‘Why do you support India?’ I only reply by saying you will get so much love in India. All the old people have filled the minds of the youth with poison that India is our enemy. It is nothing like that,” he added.
After losing their first match to Sri Lanka by five wickets in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy, Rohit Sharma’s men will look to turn things around in their upcoming game against Bangladesh when the two teams face off here on Thursday.
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