The high-voltage match between arch-rivals, India and Pakistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Manchester is just a day away. As India takes on Pakistan in their fourth ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match on June 16, a beautiful story between MS Dhoni and his die-hard Pakistani fan, Mohammad Bashir aka ‘Chacha Chicago’ continues with MS Dhoni following the tradition to send him the tickets of Indo-Pak match.
Bashir after arriving in England told PTI, “I arrived here yesterday and saw that people are ready to pay as much as 800-900 pounds for a ticket. A return ticket from Chicago costs the same. Thanks to Dhoni, I don’t have to struggle for a match ticket.”
The bond between MS Dhoni and ‘Chacha Chicago’ developed during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, held in India. The then captain of the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni went out of his way to arrange a ticket for Bashir ahead of the marquee clash between India and Pakistan in semifinals in Mohali.
Bashir praised MS Dhoni for his kind gesture. He said in a statement, “Imagine I get the ticket for free when most would pay a fortune for it. I have got a surprise gift for him this time and I hope to give it to him later today.”
Bashir continued, “I don’t call him as he is so busy. I keep in touch only through text messages. Long before I came here, MS Dhoni assured me of the ticket. He is a great human being. I can’t think of anyone else doing what he has done for me since that 2011 game in Mohali.
The 63-year-old Mohammad Bashir has connections with India besides his bonding with Dhoni. Bashir’s wife is from Hyderabad and they often visit the country. Bashir, with his family, also runs a restaurant in Chicago and that’s why the name, “Chacha Chicago”.
He is a die-hard cricket fan. Bashir was in Saudi Arabia with his son during the holy month of Ramadan before arriving in the UK said, “It is not easy with my medical condition. Maybe I am alive only for cricket.”
“Chacha Chicago” will undoubtedly support MS Dhoni and the ‘Men in Blue’ during their match against the ‘Green Army’ at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Sunday.
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