Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi came up with an "amazing gesture" when he asked an Indian fan to keep the tricolour open while posing for photographs with him in Switzerland on Friday, February 9.
Afridi was in Switzerland for the inaugural St. Moritz Ice Cricket tournament, which was held over two days at the Alpine resort town.
The 37-year-old, who retired from international cricket in February 2017, had led Royals XI to a 2-0 win in the two-match T20 series on ice against Virender Sehwag's Diamonds XI.
In a video posted on Twitter, Afridi is seen obliging to fans' requests for photographs and autographs on the frozen lake, on which the matches were played. Numerous cricket fans are stretching out their selfie sticks as the celebrated Pakistan cricketer starts posing for selfies.
An Indian fan too was part of the gathering. As she requested Afridi for a picture, the Pakistani all-rounder spotted the Indian flag in her hand before requesting her to straighten it.
Afridi himself has taken to Twitter and posted the photograph with the fan and the Indian flag.
Amid constant cross-border tension between India and Pakistan, Afridi's gesture has helped him win hearts. Notably, the two neighbouring countries have not been able to play bilateral cricket series since January 2013.
Cricket fans on Twitter lauded Afridi for the heartwarming gesture. IBTimes India has compiled a few reactions. You can check them out here.
Wow! That was an awesome gesture. So much respect. #ShahidAfridi— Kris Warrior (@kris_warrior) February 10, 2018
Wow ? that'y we love u ?— lakshmi (@i_lakshmi_naidu) February 9, 2018
Best One Lala ???? pic.twitter.com/DNyR9EiBcV— Anuradha (@AnuRadha9082) February 9, 2018
We need to promote peace. Cricket is the great tool for that and Shahid n Virat r loved on both sides.hope so with our same language,same culture ham bahiyoo ke tra rhen and as a great nbr... Respect for India— Qamar Khan (@whisper775) February 9, 2018
Love love & only love?????— Prachi Das?? (@PrachiNotDesai) February 9, 2018
What A player & Great ambassador of Pakistan...— Atiq UR Rehman (@AtiqURR21968919) February 9, 2018
Recently, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi faced flak after he labelled India Under-19 team as their Pakistani counterpart's "old enemy". The veteran cricket administrator's comments came after Pakistan's 203-run loss to India in the semi-final of the recently-concluded U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Nonetheless, Afridi has always been a fan favorite in India. He won more fans from across the border when he said he had "not enjoyed playing anywhere" as much as he had in India during Pakistan's World T20 campaign in 2016.