India Vs Pakistan, whenever we hear this, there are only two possibilities, an intense war or a high-temperature cricket match. Fortunately, players of both the countries share a strong and special bond off the field. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi in a column for the ICC has said, “Contrary to popular belief, India and Pakistan players get along very well. Of course, there are exceptions like Gautam Gambhir, who dare I say isn’t the friendliest.”
In 2007, during the Pakistan tour of India, Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi indulged in an on-field dispute in the interim of an ODI match in Kanpur.
According to the Hindustan Times, Shahid Afridi wrote: “We are unlikely to be found together at a coffee shop anytime soon. We had a heated exchange on the field some years ago and it made headlines all over the world. While I have moved on in life as I feel these things are part and parcel of the game, Gautam for some reason can’t get over it. Good luck to him!”
Afridi further added: “I have enjoyed excellent relationships with Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh. The three are one of my best mates and we have some wonderful memories together from the times when both the sides used to play and tour each other on a regular basis.”
Shahid Afridi has also praised Virat Kohli and said: “Another player I admire and respect from the present lot is Virat Kohli. He has a fantastic cricket bat in hand and an even a better heart in his supremely fit body. I will always remember him for the gesture he showed when he gave me an India cricket team’s signed shirt following our match in Kolkata in the World T20.”
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