This woman’s ‘thank you’ note to Pakistan for defeating India in the ICC Champions Trophy final is a must read

Amid caustic remarks on social media, there is a Facebook post that's creating waves with its words of love and friendship.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 20, 2017 7:11 pm
pakistan beat india, india v pakistan, india vs pakistan, indvspak, icc champions trophy, icc champions trophy 2017 final, archana mohan, indian express, indian express news “Pakistan, thanks for defeating us!” began the moving post.

In the days following India’s abysmal loss against arch rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final at the Oval in London, both Indian and Pakistani cricket fans have been taking jibes at each other. More so in the case of our neighbours, since the win has been called more a case of annihilation than anything else. But there is no denying the exemplary show of cricket that the Men in Green displayed.

After the match, many took to social media and even news media to lambast Indian skipper Virat Kohli and the rest of the team for the poor performance. The ‘mauka mauka’ ad man ruled the Internet space as the green T-shirt finally worked its magic and Pakistan beat India in ICC Champions Trophy final by 180 runs. Twitter was flooded with fury and sarcasm, but amid caustic remarks on social media, there is a Facebook post that’s creating waves with its words of love and friendship.

A beautifully written addressed to Pakistan, the ‘thank you’ note by FB user Archana Mohan has touched a chord with many, which is why within a day, the post has been shared almost 10,000 times and has received thousands of comments and likes.

In the post, Archana talks about how her family members actually identified positive traits that could be learnt from Pakistani players instead of the usual mud-slinging that she had been expecting. “‘I wish we had players like theirs’, my husband said ruefully. ‘From the by lanes of Peshawar to an ICC event, they are cricketers in the purest sense’, he said dreamily. ‘And what about that boy Fakhar Zaman’, my father in law, said, his cup of filter coffee simmering just like his voice. He is a Navy man no? That’s what a soldier does for his country,’ the ex-serviceman said proudly”, she writes.

Read the full post here.

Pakistan, thanks for defeating us!
Dear Pakistan
I was sure I would wake up with a soul wrenching hangover after you pulverized my team yesterday. To be honest, I wanted to bury myself in a hole and keep newspapers at bay so I didn’t have to relive ‘that’ no ball again.
But something happened this morning.
Instead of the pooja room, where she usually offers prayers every morning, my mother in law was in the living room, waxing eloquent about Mohammad Amir. ‘God works in mysterious ways,’ she said. ‘The boy who made a mistake in his youth has grabbed his second chance. What a great redemption!’
‘I wish we had players like theirs’, my husband said ruefully. ‘From the by lanes of Peshawar to an ICC event, they are cricketers in the purest sense’, he said dreamily.
‘And what about that boy Fakhar Zaman’, my father in law, said, his cup of filter coffee simmering just like his voice. He is a Navy man no? That’s what a soldier does for his country,’ the ex-serviceman said proudly.
At work, the colleague who had only a day earlier tweeted a crude slur on Pakistan confessed he had watched everything there was on Youtube about Sarfaraz Ahmed. That man, he said sheepishly, is something else.
On my social media feed, there were dozens of messages congratulating Pakistan and saluting their never say die spirit. ‘Marry me Babar Azam’ said one of them!
It felt like utopia.
What if India had won? I shudder to think of how low some of us would have stooped in our boorish behavior.
It has been a tough few years for Pakistan. Lack of finances and the reluctance of other teams to play there on account of security reasons has crippled them to some extent but as this win shows, you can never write them off. Irrespective of the result, I am sure, we will always remember this unbelievable comeback from the team that was expected to crash out in the first round itself.
I can’t believe that I am saying this, but thank you Pakistan for winning the match. Thank you for being an inspiration.
India may have ended up second, but many of us won something more important than a shiny trophy – the tag of being a good sport.
Perhaps there may still be hope for the two countries after all!
#indiavspak #championstrophy2017

 

People were immensely moved by the emotional piece, and comments came from those on both sides of the border. Hassan Ahmad commented, “After watching so many indian news channel where everyone seemed so annoyed, where Kambli was saying ke Pakistan ne hmare kaprhe utaar diye, I was so disgusted. But people like you give me hope ke we have people around who take sports as it should be apart from all the political differences. Love your post. Stay blessed”, while Ameenah Cruz wrote, “Ditto for the ‘Perhaps there may still be hope for the two countries after all!'”

Though there were some who called Archana out, saying that such sentiments came up only after the defeat, but the response was overwhelmingly positive.

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    sandhya
    Jun 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    oh dear, i love my indian team not just because they are the best but also because they are not into drugs and match fixing, i love them as they are and plz i dont want drugaddicts and match fixers like Mohammad Amir in my side NOO!!!!!!!! cricket is a game, and even the best team cannot win all the matches, pakistan deserved to win(though they are an unpredictable side) because they played well that day, it simply was their day ( luck clicked for them and i dont deny they played well) but that does not make them the best team because to be a good team you have to be CONSISTENT not unpredictable i read ur post which said "I wish we had players like theirs’, that made me desperate to write a reply ohh plzzzzzz we dont have place for drug addicts and match fixers in our team ours is the best team in the world still if i want someone special i would choose a legend like kapil dev, gary sobers ,michael holding or ABD in my team but not a loser like amir
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      Anita
      Jun 24, 2017 at 9:55 am
      Most importantly the Indian team learnt a well deserved lesson. They came on the field like they had already won the match. Arrogant, overconfident and lacking commitment as they walked on to the field. A bunch of people who, unlike our old timer cricketers, play for the money and not for the love of the sport or for their country. These guys think they are bigger than the game and that 1 billion people can be taken for granted and they can dish out any c ^p. A well deserved kick in the butt.
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        sandhya
        Jun 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm
        oh dear !calm it is just a game of cricket and not even the best team can win all the matches. to win a match in a knock out tournament you have to play well on the D day of the match, we are a good side but we could not play well that day( we cannot win all matches) and plz they are not arrogant and they love their country just like u n i do( just bcoz they lost does not make them arrogant n less patriotic) and they never sold their cricket for money(neither did they do match fixing) nor did they take drugs they simply could not bring out their best and it happens in cricket! that is cricket it hurts that our people behave like school kids and badmouth our cricketers when they lose,we are bound to stand by them in their highs and lows as they as they play consistent n do not resort to fixing n drugs
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        Nasir
        Jun 22, 2017 at 3:56 am
        I remember my uncle the late K.A.Abbas an eminent writer director and someone very close to Raj Kapoor, always emphasizing a shared value system between the two nations states. Need to remember that fault lines are on both sides of the border and sporting contests should be bridge between civic societies not a river of fire and vitriol. Love from Pakistan
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          Adil Baloch
          Jun 22, 2017 at 2:59 am
          I think things were normal till legends like rishi kapoor and sehwag talked against Pakistan on media..mouqa mouqa,Baap india, Beta pakistan, father's day, pota bangladesh, Lahore yaad kara dengay.. how can you call other cricketers beta ? Are you baap ? Itna Ghuroor.. Issue was already politicised by these kind of statements from other side. Koi kisi ka baap nahi.. we are not beta Pakistan has won and now u don't expect us to react in same manner?.. at least we reacted after the match..... Pakistan Zindabad Adil Baloch Karachi.
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            Jonty
            Jun 21, 2017 at 9:11 pm
            s: /watch?v s1e2toc0PQE t 31s
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              chitta
              Jun 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm
              India has more Muslims than Pakstn. So both countries must unite and build a strong Muslim nation.
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                Jonty
                Jun 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm
                s: /watch?v s1e2toc0PQE t 31s Must watch CHitta
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                Anand Thakur
                Jun 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm
                Archana, beautiful thoughts..n well written. Proud of you. We love our country,but at the same time its important to be good human being ...a good soul. God Bless.
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                  Jonty
                  Jun 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm
                  s: /watch?v s1e2toc0PQE t 31s must watch ANand
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                  Ab Cd
                  Jun 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm
                  Why don't you give her oneway air ticket to Pakistan if she loves Pakistan. Make sure she will not comeback. God bless India and God blast Pakistan.
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