DateLine: 17th June 2017
Mumbai, June 17 : The two wicket-keepers, one of the whom is a former captain of India and the other is the present skipper of the Pakistan team, will be in opposite camps on Sunday when the Champions Trophy final is played at the Oval, London. But off the field, Dhoni and Sarfraz Ahmad are not rivals.
On arriving from Birmingham after beating Bangladesh, Dhoni met Sarfraz with his wife Khushbakht and their four-month son Abdullah at the team hotel Grange City (London). The photograph of their son in Dhoni's (safe) hands was shared to this reporter by the captain, via his India-based mamu (brother of his mother).
"It's only on the field of play that the rivalry between India and Pakistan comes. Families of players don't mind interacting with each other", Mehboob Hassan, speaking exclusively from Etawah, (Western UP), where he is working as a senior clerk at the Agricultural Engineering College, said.
"Sarfraz and Khushbakht were married in May 2015 and my entire family went to Pakistan. We stayed there for few days. Abdullah, the four-month boy is their first child".
Back home in Pakistan, Sarfraz's mother Akeela Bano was delighted to see the photograph of former India captain holding her grand-son.
"It has been a very fine gesture by Dhoni. I showed this photo to all my children and relatives here. My married daughter, who came to our house yesterday was pleasantly surprised to see Abdullah in his hands", Sarfraz's mother, speaking exclusively from Karachi, said.
"Obviously, I have to support the country for which my son plays and Inshallah..Pakistan will win tomorrow", she said.
"Sadly, Sarfraz's dad is not alive to see the progress of our son. He died some years ago. He, however, had watched our son playing the Under-19 World Cup", she further added.
When reminded her that Indian captain Virat Kohli's dad is also no more alive, Sarfraz's mother said, "it is only Allah's wish that happens. We can't do anything. Best luck to him also...".
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