Cricket is a funny game. The fans are so passionate about the game that a cricketer could go from hero to zero in a matter of seconds if he doesn’t walk a fine line. Many cricketers have learnt to understand this and often toe the line in order to be in the good books of the fans. Shahid Afridi is one such cricketer who understands what Pakistan fans want to hear and often says stuff that doesn’t go well with Indian fans. Giving controversial statements often keeps former Pakistan all-rounder in limelight.
In a similar instance, Afridi spoke something about former Indian batter Gautam Gambhir which is generating a lot of buzz on the internet. The video clip is from a show where Indian and Pakistan news channels had collaborated ahead of the India- Pakistan cricket match in the Asia Cup.
While talking about the controversy on social media, Afridi said, “I don’t have any fight as such with any Indian player. Gautam (Gambhir) and I have clashed on social media sometimes. I would say that Gautam is such a character that even the Indian players don’t like him. My overall experience of playing against India has been great.”
Afridi’s comments and Harbhajan’s reactions of approval on it have not gone down well with social media users. Fans on Twitter are calling out the former Indian spinner for laughing when Afridi disrespects a fellow cricketer and an MP of the country.
Notably, Afridi and Gambhir had an on-field altercation in India- Pakistan ODI match in 2007. Since then they haven’t seen eye to eye and often see each other with animosity. Afridi, however, has stirred the pot once again in a tussle that was being forgotten about as Gambhir has shifted his focus on politics.
Twitter was outraged by Afridi’s comments on Gambhir and also lashed out at Harbhajan for not reacting to a colleague’s disrespect.
Let’s look at how Twitter reacted to Afridi’s controversial statement on Gautam Gambhir.
afridi is obessed with gambhir true fan boy.
— NOPE?? (@gurmaNN_96) August 29, 2022
Really disappointed with you and @vikrantgupta73 of how Afridi made fun of Gautam Gambhir and you kept on laughing rather than defending
— Vivek (@dark_knight0810) August 29, 2022
And that front foot journalist @vikrantgupta73 too was shamelessly giggling when Shahid Afridi insulted Gautam Gambhir
— CoastalDelight (@DelightCoastal) August 29, 2022
What @aajtak was doing when shahid was insulting Gambhir who is now our MP ; and Bhajji of AAP was laughing. Remember cousins of Afridi was terrorist
— Rahul Mishra (@rahulsrim) August 29, 2022
AAP MP Harbhajan Singh took side of Pakistani Shahid Afridi in mocking Gautam Gambhir just bcz he is a BJP MP.
It's clear now that AAPiyas in their BJP-Hate will even support Pakistan against India.
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— Sunny Goel (@SunnyGoelGrains) August 29, 2022
Gautam Gambhir fought with the entire Pakistani media for Virat Kohli! But our media @vikrantgupta73 and ex cricketer @harbhajan_singh both who are close friends of Gautam Gambhir are busy laughing at Shahid Afridi’s nonsense???
We love you GG????@GautamGambhir
— Utkarsh Sharma ?? (@iamRoccoo) August 29, 2022
If according to Shahid Afridi, everyone in Indian Team dislikes Gautam Gambhir, then consider me as an ICT hater
— Arunabh Talukdar (@Porklover123) August 29, 2022
Video for reference:
Afridi: Gautam Gambhir is a character whom whole India team dislikes
— H S (@Indiabharat01) August 29, 2022