Pakistani fan, who sang India’s National Anthem, plans to do something unique during Indo-Pak clash
Adil Taj sang the Indian national anthem ahead of India's match against Pakistan on Wednesday.
Updated - Sep 23, 2018 4:22 pm
A Pakistani fan decided to sing along when India’s national anthem was being played in Dubai ahead of the India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup. However, little did he know that the cameras would focus on him, and within minutes, he would be in the news. And now that he’s won hearts across India, this fan has planned something more when the two teams take on each other for the second time in this tournament in the Super Four stage.
Adil Taj, a Pakistani national, sang India’s National Anthem along with thousands of Indian fans in Dubai on Wednesday. In no time, he was known as ‘the Pakistani who sang the Indian national anthem’. India were playing the arch-rivals for the first time since they suffered a humiliating defeat in the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. However, it was the Men in Blue who were clinical this time as they defeated the opposition handsomely with an eight-wicket victory.
For Sunday’s anticipated clash, Adil has decided to carry flags of both countries as a gesture of goodwill. The fans from both nations are eagerly waiting to see Taj on the big screen waving both the Indian as well as the Pakistani flag.
Reciprocating respect, says Adil Taj
When asked why he decided to join the Indians in singing their national anthem, Adil Taj said he did it because the Indians who were seated in the Pakistani enclosure also stood up and showed respect when Pakistan’s National Anthem was being played according to India Today.
On Wednesday, Pakistan elected to bat first against India on what looked like a batting friendly-wicket. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, making a comeback to one-day cricket, was effective right from the outset, removing the dangerous opening duo Imam ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman.
Pakistan failed to build partnerships and were bundled out for just 162. India’s openers provided them with a flying start and eventually, they won with over 20 overs to spare.