A day after a photo of a group of Pakistani cricketers eating dinner with an Indian taxi driver went viral, cricketer Yasir Shah spoke about his version of events. Shah and four other Pakistan cricketers had dinner with the taxi driver in Brisbane on Friday, after the driver had refused to accept fare from them.
The heartwarming story became public when on the fourth day of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia at the Gabba, ABC radio presenter Alison Mitchell spoke about the incident to former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson in the commentary box.
Speaking about the incident, Shah said, “We were not aware of any Indian/Pakistani restaurants in Brisbane on our first day there. So when we five teammates stepped out — Imran Khan, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Musa, Shaheen Shah Afridi and I — we called a taxi.”
“The driver was a Paaji from India. We told him to take us to a nice restaurant. He recognised us and we chitchatted in Urdu about cricket,” he added.
The 33-year-old spinner said that he had suggested to the driver that he should have dinner with them.
“He refused to take the fare from us when we reached the restaurant. I told him, ‘You either have to take the fare or have dinner with us.’ So he agreed for the dinner.
“He was very happy that we invited him to dinner and also clicked pictures with us,” he said.
Yasir Shah on the incident which brought Pakistani cricketers and taxi driver together on dinner table
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Earlier on Sunday, Mitchell had come across that same Indian driver on her way to the Gabba in the morning. The driver, a cricket fan, showed her a photo of himself on his phone at a restaurant along with members of the Pakistan cricket team.
Australia drew first blood in the series after defeating Pakistan by an innings and 5 runs in Brisbane.
The second and final Test match of the series will be held in Adelaide, and starts from November 29.