Indian cab-driver refuses fare, offered dinner by Pakistani cricketers
Keeping the political differences aside, the Pakistani cricketers won the hearts of millions of Indians after they offered dinner to an Indian-origin cab-driver in Australia. Interestingly, the cab-driver had earlier refused to accept the fare of the ride to an Indian restaurant, owing to the love he has for the sport. The Pakistani cricketers reciprocated his gesture by inviting him to dinner.
ABC Radio presenter describes the entire story on-air
During the fourth day of the Test between Pakistan and Australia, presenter Alison Mitchell narrated the whole story on-air, along with former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson. She revealed that she was traveling in the car of the same cab-driver on the morning of the fourth day of the match. And the driver recited the entire story of his experience with the cricketers to her.
Indian driver enjoys dinner with five cricketers
Alison said the cab-driver picked up five cricketers, including Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Naseem Shah, from their hotel. "He was naturally excited to have them in the taxi and they wanted to go to an Indian restaurant. He drove them to the restaurant and when they got out, he said it's on me," Alison described. The cricketers were moved by his gesture.
Alison recounts the story of Indian cab driver
How did the match pan out?
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Pakistan were bundled for 240. Meanwhile, Australia were ruthless with the bat, especially their top order, with Warner (154) and Marnus Labuschagne (185), playing match-winning knocks. Pakistan, in the second innings, did put up a fight, as Babar Azam scored a century, but it wasn't enough as Australia won by an innings and five runs.
Some records scripted in this match
Following are some of the records scripted in this tie: - David Warner surpassed Allan Border (779 runs) as he now has scored more runs (817) than the latter at this particular venue. - Naseem Shah becomes the youngest to debut on Australian soil (16 years and 279 days). - Azhar Ali and Shan Masood registered Pakistan's highest Test opening partnership in Brisbane (75).