Amid rising tensions in the bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan post the abrogation of Article 370 which brought an end to the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir, a bizarre video has surfaced on the Internet which shows Virat Kohli playing for Pakistan set in 2025.
After the clip was tweeted by a Pakistan journalist on her social media handle, the video has gone viral. It has also left netizens in splits.
Notably, a day prior to the Pakistan Defence Day on 6 September, the video had caught the attention of netizens.
Pakistan journalist Naila Inayat tweeted this particular video with the caption: “Pakistan cricket team playing in Srinagar, Virat Kohli playing for Pakistan. Just some regular delusions, nothing else.”
Apart from Kohli, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja can also be seen in Pakistani colours.
The video begins with a family watching the live telecast of World T20 final at the Srinagar Cricket Stadium being played between Pakistan and England. Thereafter, a commentator on television announces the name of “two legendary batsmen – Babar Azam and Virat Kohli”.
In the family set up which is shown watching the match, a girl remarks: “Dekhna aaj toh Virat Kohli hi match jeetwayega (Virat Kohli will win us this match today, you will see).”
To this, her dad replies, “Virat Kohli na pehle India ki team mein hota tha (Virat Kohli used to be in Indian team)”. The girl then has a surprised look on her face as she inquires, “Kaun India? (Who is India?)”
The video hints at an imagined scenario in future when Pakistan will conquer India; and messages like these are only expected to fuel the fire rather than resolve the issues between the neighbouring countries.
— Zulfikar Hussain (@zulfikar_tiger) September 5, 2019
Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi on August abrogated Article 370, that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories.
Following the move, Imran Khan had warned of “Pulwama-like incidents to happen again”.