Pakistani pacer Hasan Ali sympathises with Kerala flood victims
Ali’s gesture was appreciated by many from India as well as Pakistan.
Updated - Aug 22, 2018 11:05 am
India has seen its southern state of Kerala grappling with one of the most devastating floods in a century. Nearly 400 people have died in the disaster while over eight lakh people have been displaced. The loss caused by the inundation is worth Rs 20,000 crore. While the tragedy has attracted charity from across the nation and overseas, a cricketer from the other side of the Wagah Border has also sympathised with the victims.
Hasan Ali, the 24-year-old fast bowler from Pakistan expressed his grief for the sufferers of the floods in Kerala and tweeted that his country stood by them at the hour of despair. Ali’s gesture was appreciated by many from India as well as Pakistan. The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, has committed a relief worth Rs 700 crore for the southern state.
Fans touched by Ali’s gesture
“My prayers are with people that have been affected by Kerala floods proved so deadly! Let’s all show our support for them, as Empathy has no Boundary. Plenty of Dua from Pakistan!” Ali wrote in his tweet.
My prayers are with people that have been affected by Kerala floods proved so deadly! Let's all show our support for them, as Empathy has no Boundary. Plenty of Dua from Pakistan!🙏#KeralaFlood
— Hassan Ali (@RealHa55an) August 21, 2018
One Twitter user said in response, “Thanks sir I am from kerala Thank you for your support.” Another tweet read, “Assalam o Alaikum Sir and Lots of dua ‘s from India.. Thanks for your support…”
Ali, who recently said his favourite films include Bollywood blockbusters like ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ and ‘PK’, has played four Tests, 33 ODIs and 22 T20Is for Pakistan since his international debut in 2016. His tally of wickets in the three formats are 12, 68 and 27, respectively.
Ali often makes the headlines for his on-field and off-field gestures and gets trolled on social media. In April, the fast-bowler was accused of provoking India’s Border Security Force personnel during the traditional flag-lowering ceremony and criticised on Twitter for his act.
The 24-year-old was mocked after his bomb-explosion wicket-taking celebration during the ceremony. The same celebration, during the ODI series versus Zimbabwe, saw him getting hurt in the neck.