"Divided by England in 1947, united by England in 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup."
English cricketer-turned-commentator Nasser Hussain put up a simple yet intriguing question on his Twitter page: Who would the Pakistan fans be supporting during India and England's big clash on Sunday and the responses to his post weren't surprising.
The arch-rivals India and Pakistan have put their rivalries on hold for the greater cause - to uproot the hosts England from their home soil and possibly from the showpiece event to meet each other in the semi-finals or perhaps the big finale.
After coming under severe criticism for their subpar performance and "brainless captaincy" against India, Pakistan has risen from the ashes and showed what Sarfaraz Ahmed's team is capable of. First, the green warriors sent Faf's South Africa packing from the tournament, then they followed it up by breaking New Zealand's winning streak and handing them their first defeat of the World Cup by six wickets. On Saturday, Pakistan held their nerves to beat a passionate Afghanistan side in the final over of the match, thus registering their third consecutive victory of the tournament.
With this win, the tables have turned. Literally. Pakistan's win has pushed England down to the 5th spot with 8 points, just a touch ahead of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka sitting with 7 and 6 points respectively. The Sarfaraz team is now in the first half of the points table with 9 points and in the 4th spot below Kiwis (11 points).
Seeing Pakistan making a dramatic comeback in the World Cup probably has made England more anxious as their remaining matches before they can get to the semi-finals are against India and New Zealand.
Sensing that the tournament is now open for teams lurking in the bottom half of the points table and no more a "predictable" and "lopsided" World Cup, Indian fans came out in full flow to support Pakistan to beat the BlackCaps on Wednesday and now, the time has come for the fans from the other side of the border to reciprocate.
On Thursday, a curious tweet from Nasser Hussain cleared the air when the Men in Green declared that it would be Virat Kohli & Co. who they would cheer for when they take on England on Sunday.
Question to all Pakistan fans .. England vs INDIA .. Sunday .. who you supporting ? 😉— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) June 26, 2019
That England would be the reason for India and Pakistan's unity was a sight to behold.
Most Indians are supporting Pakistan today so that England goes out of the WorldCup. In 1947, England divided India and Pakistan. Today they united them.#NZvPAK #PAKvNZ— Sagar (@sagarcasm) June 26, 2019
Jai Hind— Abdullah (@abdullahmajeed_) June 26, 2019
Definitely backing India 🇮🇳 for two reasons 1- they’re neighbours 2- they’re passionate about cricket— Rana Shazib (@RmShazib) June 26, 2019
I will support to our neighbors against East India company— Dr. Aliya Kareem (@DrAliya7) June 26, 2019
We are supporting India because we will beat them in Semi- Final or Final like the way we did in 2017 Champions Trophy.— Haqeeqat TV (@Haqeeqat_TV) June 26, 2019
You know the answer Nas 😉— Rai M. Azlan (@Mussanaf) June 26, 2019
We want semi- final with india 🇮🇳..— Tahir Rana🇵🇰 (@iamtahirrana) June 26, 2019
Team India ♥️♥️♥️♥️ Hahahaha we are living in loving times again 🇵🇰🇮🇳👍👍👍— E Q U I N O X 💫 (@cap_sohail) June 26, 2019
Pakistan and india are always united against england.!!!— Jatti Says (@AmbranDiHoor) June 26, 2019
That is one way to put it.
We support England’s defeat 😛— Siasat.pk (@siasatpk) June 26, 2019
But who is Nass supporting?
England of course Kev .. same as you when England play South Africa at rugby 😉— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) June 26, 2019