Shikhar Dhawan wins hearts in Pakistan with this message to Shoaib Malik; check out touching tweet

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New Delhi | Published: January 19, 2018 5:35:51 PM

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan became the sweetheart on social media in Pakistan on Thursday for his friendly gesture towards Pak cricket team member Shoaib Malik.

Shikhar Dhawan. (BCCI)

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan became the sweetheart on social media in Pakistan on Thursday for his friendly gesture towards Pak cricket team member Shoaib Malik. Malik, who is currently in New Zealand as a part of the Pakistan squad for the ongoing five-match ODI series, was hit by a throw on the back of the head while running between the wickets. The incident took place on Tuesday during the fourth game. However, although Malik continued to bat, he showed signs of a delayed concussion. Dhawan expressing his concern took to Twitter and said,” “Janab @realshoaibmalik, hope you’re recovering well and will be fit soon to be back on the field! Take care.” Floored by the 32-year-old’s tweet, fans from Pakistan thanked him for the get-well-soon tweet. One microblogger said,”Grt to see love between Indian and Pakistani players .well done Gabbar paji.” Another user said,”Pak india player’s ke yahe understanding dono nation k liya acha hy.”

Malik later replied to all the well wishes and said,”Alhumdulilah I’m feeling great, the ball that hit me is in critical condition tho. Thank u dosto for all the wishes, messages, and tweets. Please remember me in your Duas.“ Shikhar Dhawan is currently in South Africa for the ongoing India tour. Virat Kohli and men lost the second Test and with that the three-match Test series.

Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday swept the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual awards winning the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being the World Cricketer of the Year 2017 as also being named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2017 and the captain of both ICC Test and ODI teams. On the other hand, Kohli’s Australian counterpart Steve Smith bagged the honour of being the Test Cricketer of the Year. The 28-year-old Smith posted six centuries in just 11 Tests in 2017; three on Australia’s tour of India and three in the recently-completed 4-0 Ashes triumph over England.

Moments after the awards were announced, an elated Kohli said winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy felt more special after his teammate Ravichandran Ashwin bagged it last year. It is the second time Kohli has been named as the ODI Cricketer of the Year after bagging the same honour in 2012 when he was 24 years old.

The award, which was decided for performance based on the period between September 21, 2016, to December 31, 2017, the Indian skipper scored 2,203 Test runs at an average of 77.80. Kohli also scored eight centuries in the time period in the longest format, including five double hundreds.

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