Whenever India and Pakistan play cricket, it's much, much more than just a sporting bonanza. Emotions run high, TV sets are shattered, fireworks are on display and Twitter goes into an overdrive to accommodate a barrage of patriotic tweets from both nations.
In the current backdrop of diplomatic estrangement, an atmosphere of animosity has cloaked conversations about cricket in both nations. Abusive trolls have taken over the space formerly occupied by teasing banter and digs without malice.
However the best ambassadors of peace have been the cricketers themselves. Out on the field, they've shared laughs with their arch rivals, signed autographs for their children, helped each other up when they fell and defended them from Internet trolls.
Here, then, are some gestures of generosity exhibited by the women and men in blue and green.
1. That time Virat Kohli gifted his bat to Mohammad Amir.
2. And this is what Amir said when asked who his favourite batsman is. Awww.
Virat kohli https://t.co/MzcRQfBigg— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) July 16, 2017
3. That beautiful time Sehwag defended Sarfraz Ahmed's Hindi.
Criticizing Sarfaraz for not speaking English is insane.His job is to play&he has done brilliantly 2 take Pak in finals #StopColonialMindset— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 17, 2017
4. When Pakistani cricketer Kainat Imtiaz said Jhulan Goswami was her inspiration.
5. That time Indian cricketers bid a graceful adieu to Misbah and Younis.
Two very likeable people & highly accomplished batsmen. Thank you Misbah & Younis for all the memories. #MisYou— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 15, 2017
6. When Dhoni had a dad moment with Sarfaraz Ahmed's son. What a cutie (both).
This picture captures the soul of Ind-Pak matches. Enemies on the field. BFFs off the field. Dhoni with Sarfaraz's son, Abdullah. pic.twitter.com/O6p3CPpIUn— Humayoun Khan (@HumayounAK) June 17, 2017
7. When Yuvraj, Dhoni and Kohli posed with Pakistani cricketer Azhar Ali's kids.
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