As Pakistan witnessed its first ever international cricket after six years when Zimbabwe and Pakistan clashed at Gaddafi stadium yesterday, the whole nation was ecstatic. Bollywood superstar Rishi Kapoor was also happy to see Pakistani fans excited and cheering for their cricket team from the stands.
Rishi tweeted his happiness from his official account and seemed glad that terrorism had suffered a setback.
Good to see excitement and smiles at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore. Whosoever wins not important. You have won hearts defeating terrorists!
— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) May 22, 2015
As Shahid Afridi led his team’s encounter against Zimbabwe at Gaddafi stadium yesterday, the whole nation breathed a sigh of relief. Cricket enthusiasts, who had been denied the chance of witnessing an international match since the last 6 years, thronged the stadium and cheered with zeal and zest.
Pakistan cricket had fallen victim to international isolation, when in 2009 the touring Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus was attacked by militants in Lahore. The heroic antics of bus driver Meher Khalil saved the Sri Lankan cricketers, as militants wreaked havoc with guns, grenades and rockets. Six policemen and two civilians died and notable Sri Lankan cricketers such Kumar Sangakkara, skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera and Chaminda Vaas were injured in the attack.
Rishi Kapoor’s appreciative comments will be welcomed by Pakistani cricket enthusiasts. The Bollywood superstar displayed magnanimity and a positive display of attitude when he stated his happiness at Pakistani cricket’s revival. Hopefully, as time progresses and more international teams visit Pakistan, team India would also visit their neighboring country for a cricket series!