India and Pakistan are two cricket-loving South Asian countries. Whenever the two arch rivals compete on the pitch, the match is filled with strong emotions. However, this time, humanity was seen at its finest when Indian leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was caught lending Pakistan player Usman Khan Shinwari a helping hand.
During the Asia Cup India-Pakistan match on Sept. 19, 2018, India defeated Pakistan by eight wickets to claim the top position in Group A at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Other than stellar shots played that night, what captivated fans the most was when India’s youngster Yuzvendra Chahal tied Pakistani player Usman Khan Shinwari’s loose shoelaces.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 19, 2018
Shinwari had a hard time running with his loose shoelaces; however, to tie the laces himself, he had to remove his gloves.
Noticing Shinwari’s awkward situation, Chahal decided to let go of cricket “rivalry” and dropped to his knees to tie his opponent’s shoelaces.
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) September 19, 2018
The supporters from both India and Pakistan cheered as they witnessed this heartwarming sight unfold right in front of their very eyes.
This beautiful moment, dubbed as the highlight of the match, was captured on camera and shared across the internet.
Not surprisingly, the picture went viral, winning the hearts of many.
Cricket fans and netizens began pouring in comments on social media, praising Chahal’s sweet gesture.
“That’s the real sporty thing. Humbled to see..,” one Twitter user wrote.
— Sanjay Yadav (@sanjuydv) September 19, 2018
Another one commented, “A good gesture of unity. We need to unite more than ever now.”
“Heart-winning moment from yesterday’s match. This is what cricket can do- Unite us, civilize us,” someone else remarked.
An enthused Twitter user wrote, “I love this tHing whenever someone’s lace opens the opp team’s player ties it for them! The sportsman spirit!”