Speaking to Cricket Pakistan in an interview, Shahid Afridi was asked about his rapport with Indian cricketer-turned-politician, Gautam Gambhir, with whom he continues to have social media quarrels. When the interviewer asked as to what he told Gambhir during that on-field altercation in 2007, the Pakistani said that such incidents happen in cricket but one should not stretch it outside the field.
“Such things shouldn’t influence your daily life and outside the field, we should all be good friends,” he said.
Afridi’s comments on India relating to the Kashmir issue had even infuriated his ‘friends’ Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh who both expressed their disappointment over the former Pakistan all-rounder’s comments. The two Indian cricket stars went on to say that they are no longer friends with him anymore.
The comparison between Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper Babar Azam and India captain Virat Kohli has been there for the past couple of years. Afridi is hopeful that these debates don’t put much pressure on Babar.
“Babar Azam is the backbone of Pakistan team and I don’t think he feels the pressure of being constantly compared with Virat Kohli,” he said. “I’m hopeful that Babar will start winning matches for Pakistan single-handedly, soon.”