Bollywood celebrities Vivek Oberoi and Akshay Kumar left the match midway as India started to lose against Pakistan on Sunday, after making tall claims in the beginning.
This was said by Federal Minister for Information, Fawad Chaudhry, as he spoke to Geo News following Pakistan’s 10-wicket victory over India in the high-voltage clash between the two sides.
The information minister was watching the match live at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium with Governor Sindh Imran Ismail. Speaking to Geo News, he said the two Bollywood actors had made tall claims before the match began.
However, after Pakistan dominated India, the two left midway.
“When Vivek Oberoi and Akshay Kumar came especially near [to the Pakistani fans] and told us: ‘Don’t worry, Pakistanis can celebrate but India will in the end win’. And while the match was midway, both had to leave the stadium and people hooted at them a lot,” said Chaudhry, laughing.
However, the information minister commended Indian skipper Virat Kohli for congratulating and embracing Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan after the match concluded.
“This is sportsman spirit,” he said, adding that cricket united the people of India and Pakistan and was also a lucrative opportunity for both countries.
He commended the Pakistani team, saying that no one was expecting a 10-wicket victory over India, who were favourites heading into the match.
Chaudhry said that the entire stadium was filled with Indian supporters, adding that he and Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and a few Pakistani supporters had assembled in a small corner of their own from where they were cheering for Pakistan.