While every Indian cricket player is aware of Sachin Tendulkar biggest fan Sudhir Chaudhary, the Pakistani cricket team has his counterpart in Pakistan-born Chicago-based fan, Mohammad Bashir.
But even as Sudhir heads out England to cheer for the Indian team at the upcoming Champions Trophy, Bashir, who is fondly called “Chacha Chicago” has shifted allegiance and said that this time he would be cheering for the Indian National team.
Giving reasons for his shift Bashir in a recent interview said that now there is no competition left between arch rival India and Pakistan as India has now become a far more superior team of the two.
“Ab koi muqabla nahi raha India Pakistan ka (India-Pakistan match is not the contest it used to be). India bahut aage nikal gaya hain (India are miles ahead of Pakistan).”
Bashir further gave his prediction for the match and said India would win comfortably,
“I won’t be there but India should comfortably beat Pakistan and then go on to win the tournament.”
Bashir revealed that he would also not be able to attend the tournament this time around as it’s falling in the month of Ramadan and he would be in Mecca with his family.
He then went on to express his love for both the countries and said,
“I still love Pakistan but I love India more now. Earlier I wanted Pakistan to win but now it is India. The love that I received during my first trip to Mohali in 2011 was overwhelming. I have come to a stage where I end up going to India almost every year and hardly go to Pakistan. I feel much safer in India.”