There are diehard cricket fans and then there’s Hasan Tasleem.
The Pakistan cricket supporter has become a viral sensation after posting a hilarious photo of the moment his love of cricket trumped his lovely bride.
Tasleem and his wife both live in North America but his love of watching his beloved Pakistan play cricket has never wavered.
Not even on the one day when it would normally be all about his wife and their exciting new union.
Fresh from his nuptials, Tasleem came home to discover that Pakistan’s T20 match against Australia in Canberra was playing live on TV.
The fanatical fan couldn’t resist the urge to capture the big moment, posting a photo of the newly married couple with the cricket on the screen behind them.
He also left a note to explain the significance of the occasion.
“Hello, as a diehard cricket fan, I wanted to submit a photo from my wedding this past weekend,” Tasleem wrote in his letter to the ICC. “As per tradition, after the completion of the wedding the bride is brought back home for a little traditional welcoming ceremony amongst the close family.
“As we came home (around midnight in Detroit, Michigan, USA) the Pakistan vs Australia T20 game was getting underway.
“Over the years residing in North America I’ve stayed up at all sorts of odd hours of night to catch Team Pakistan play.
“Even though it was my wedding night, I wasn’t going to miss this game.”
The image – shared by the International Cricket Council – has since become the talk of the cricketing world.
Take respect from botom of my heart
— Imran Chowdury 🇧🇩 (@ImranChowdury4) November 6, 2019
Crazy Pakistani cricket fans ❤️ congratulations to the couple 🥳🥳❤️
— malaahmed (@malaahmed2) November 6, 2019
Typical Pakistani be like —-> “I wasnt miss going to miss this game”
— Manideep (@AmManideep) November 6, 2019
Aussie captain Aaron Finch was the Australian batsman on the screen when the photo was taken.
He responded with a funny social media post of his own, thanking the happy couple for making him part of their special day.
Unfortunately for the fan, Pakistan were undone largely by another batting masterclass from Steve Smith.
The 30-year-old was at his irresistible best, smacking 80 not out as the home side chased down 151 with nine balls to spare.
Steve Smith’s big captaincy hint
Smith has since dropped the biggest indication yet that he’d gladly reclaim the Australian captaincy when his ban ends.
The 30-year-old’s leadership ban expires next March, and debate has swirled in recent weeks about whether he should again head up the Test side once incumbent skipper Tim Paine retires.
Smith has consistently played a straight bat when asked about his leadership aspirations, saying it is far from his thinking and he is enjoying just playing for Australia.
That hasn’t stopped the likes of Ricky Ponting and Mark Taylor from backing him to return to the job he held up until the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.
Having won man of the series honours during a phenomenal Ashes tour, Smith has also found white-ball form with Australia’s T20 side.
But the batting marvel doesn’t believe being freed from the pressures of captaincy has elevated his performance.
“I actually think I play better with pressure, that extra pressure when the team needs something more and things like that” Smith said in Perth ahead of Friday’s third and final T20 against Pakistan at Optus Stadium.
“My record probably is better when I’m captain than when I’m not. That sort of pressure doesn’t really bother me.
“But I’m not thinking about captaincy or anything at this point in time. I’m really comfortable where I’m at and I’m enjoying what I’m doing.”