KARACHI: Sunday evening, people from both sides of the border sat glued to their television screens as arch rivals Pakistan and India battled it out in the second match of The Asia Cup 2022. The game was intense, to say the least. Between Shahnawaz Dahani being our saving grace in the last over to
Naseem Shah braving through leg cramps to finish his over, we could not be mad at our team despite the loss. But that was not the only praiseworthy show of sportsmanship. Fakhar Zaman and his honesty became the talk of the much awaited Asia Cup match.
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Pakistan was already struggling on the field, especially when opener and captain Babar Azam got out early on in the match. All eyes were on Fakhar Zaman to pick up the pace and for a while, he did, making us believe that just maybe, Pakistan had a chance at salvation. But then, after hitting a short ball by Avesh Khan which was caught by the wicketkeeper, Zaman began to walk off the field. Many were confused because neither the bowler nor the wicketkeeper had made an appeal. It was only after Zaman walked off did the umpire declare him out.
— MRzmo (@zahir_moeen) August 29, 2022
The loss of Zaman on the field was a huge blow for the team but many found it difficult to be upset. Instead, Fakhar Zaman was praised by both sides for his sportsmanship which will undoubtedly be a moment to remember during the Asia Cup. Many applauded his honesty:
— 𝘼𝙗𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙝 𝙎𝙞𝙙𝙝𝙪 (@Abdullah_Sidhu1) August 28, 2022
— DANISH KHATTAK (@DANISHK18504312) August 29, 2022
Fans also took the opportunity to highlight that we need people like Zaman and his honesty because that is otherwise missing in our leaders:
We as a nation deeply drenched into dishonesty,frauds,lies,corruption that if someone acts the way he should we start praising and yet some people start mock him like he did something wrong and unsual. Pressuring that was not much needed. #INDvsPAK #IndiaVsPakistan #FakharZaman
— Noorzaib Chohan 🇵🇰 (@ChohanNoorzaib) August 28, 2022
Fakhar Zaman was also praised for ensuring that above rivalry was the spirit of the game:
— Sanjay, A proud Indian (@Sanjay_SPrakash) August 28, 2022
Fakhar Zaman has set a high level standards of sportsman spirit by walking over to pavillion despite no appeal from India. You can hardly expect such sort of sportsman spirit in India and Pakistan encounter. #INDvPAK
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) August 28, 2022
— Sana Mir ثناء میر (@mir_sana05) August 28, 2022
Even Indians could not hold back their appreciation for the batsman:
— Devasahayam 🇮🇳 (@Dev_a_saha_yam) August 28, 2022
— Chintala Madhusudhan Reddy (@madhuc430) August 28, 2022
It seems as though no matter what the outcome of the Asia Cup may be, Fakhar Zaman has already won a place in all our hearts!