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Wasim Akram’s picture on Holi during 1987 India tour goes viral



Sports presenter Gautam Bhimani shared a throwback picture on the occasion of the festival Holi from 27 years ago. However, along with him, there’s one more person and he is none other than former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram.

Akram is almost unrecognisable in his half-naked picture with a few colours on his face. Similarly with Bhimani, who looks a young kid in the picture.

Sharing the picture on Twitter, Bhimani wrote, “My favourite cricketing #Holi memory! The Indian and Pakistani teams playing Holi in the pool of @TajWestEnd Also the first time I met @wasimakramlive #INDvsENG #indvpak #HappyHoli.” To which, Akram tagged and wrote, “Happy Holi . What a day that was 87 tour of india.”

The entire team played Holi on the poolside at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai where the two teams were staying. It was apparently also the first time that Bhimani was meeting Akram.

Pakistan toured India in the year 1987 for five Test matches starting from February 4 to March 16, which is the time range when the festival of colours takes place in India. Pakistan won the series 1-0 after winning the final Test by 16 runs as the first four games of the series resulted in a draw.

On Monday, the country celebrated the festival of colours as many sports personalities took to Twitter to extend their greeting for the same.


After donating Rs 50 lakh to CM relief funds, actor Rajinikanth urges everyone to follow Covid safety guidelines



Superstar Rajinikanth on Monday met Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin in Chennai to extend his support to the state’s effort to battle the second wave of coronavirus. The superstar also contributed a sum of Rs 50 lakh to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Last week, the newly-elected chief minister had appealed to the public and the private organisations to generously contribute towards relief work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I request people to follow all the safety guidelines laid down by the government. Only then we will be able to defeat the coronavirus pandemic,” Rajinikanth told reporters after meeting with the chief minister.

And answering Stalin’s appeal, the who’s who of the Tamil film fraternity have been making significant contributions to the CM’s fund. Earlier, Ajith donated Rs 25 lakh and Suriya along with his father Sivakumar and brother Karthi gave a combined cheque of Rs 1 crore for the fund. Director AR Murugadoss ( Rs 25 lakh), actor Sivakarthikeyan (Rs 25 lakh), director Vetri Maaran (10 lakh), actor Jayam Ravi, his brother Mohan Raja and their father Mohan (made a joint donation of Rs 10 lakh), Soundarya Rajinikanth, her husband Vishagan and father-in-law SS Vanangamudi (together donated Rs 1 crore), Sun Pictures (Rs 30 crore) and many others have already contributed to the state’s relief fund.

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