The ultimate spirit of sports is the keeping up of camaraderie with your opponent team, whether you win or lose.
Take cricket, for instance.
Both neighbouring countries of India and Pakistan take the sport to the extent of fanaticism, when losses aren’t taken quite amicably.
However, the recent banter between both the men’s cricket teams stood out as a shining instance of great sportsman spirit despite India’s loss in the finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Following suit, or even better—taking it to a whole other level were the women’s teams from the nations on the either sides of border.
Kainat Imtiaz, pacer in the Pakistan team, shared a heartening post on Instagram about how an Indian cricketer has been her major source of inspiration and a catalyst towards her growth as a cricketer.
Let me share a story with you all. In 2005 i saw the Indian team for the 1st time as the Asia cup was held in Pakistan. I was the ball picker during the tornament… I saw @jhulangoswami. The fastest bowler of that time. I was so impressed that i chose cricket as a career. Specificly fast bowling. 😍 Its a proud moment for me as after 12 years today in 2017 i am playing this ODI World Cup with one of my inspirations and getting more inspired……. 😍❤
The pacer in her post, mentions of a time back in 2005 when she had been the ball picker and had witnessed Jhulan Goswami on the field. One of the fastest bowlers at the time, Jhulan ignited the fire in the budding cricketer and there has been no looking back.
And 12 years later, the mentee meets her inspiration on the fields of 2017 ODI Women’s World Cup and Kainat could not be any more excited!
An inspiration that transcends nationality and borders, Kainat Imtiaz’s post has set a better example of camaraderie between the neighbouring countries.