Cut to: T20 World Cup being played in India. Pakistan's star batsman and skipper Shahid Afridi issues a statement, “I can say that the love I have got in India is something that I will always remember. We have not got this much love even in Pakistan”.

With these words, Afridi single-handedly offended an entire nation; the nation he plays for, and represents. Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad said he should be 'ashamed' of himself for pandering India and Gavaskar said he was trying to act 'smart' and please the Indian audience.

We cannot comment upon his intention, but this incident, and others like Amir-Kohli camaraderie, have changed the way cross-border cricket has looked like for decades.

However, this change is limited to field itself, as cricket fans don't seem to get over the rivalry anytime soon. Indo-Pak clashes are still treated as a war, in which injuries reach far beyond the physical contusion.

Dharamsala encounter between Men in Blue and Green was shifted to Kolkata after kin of martyrs of the recent Pathankot attack raised strong opposition saying it will be an insult to soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the country.

 However, this is not the first instance when cricket in India has been affected by politics and ego of countrymen. Every time the two sides clash, Social media gets bombarded with vulgar messages of the supposed nationalists who use every possible mean to insult and demean the other side.

An appropriate example of this will be India's bestselling author, Chetan Bhagat's Tweet post India-Pakistan WT20 clash on Saturday night:

This, and other memes making fun of Pakistani cricketers were trending on social media.

There is a desperate need to get over this attitude and back our favourite cricketers to help them in their attempts to bridge the gap formed over the course of years.

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