'Gambhir is a different character. His reputation in Indian team…': Afridi gets candid about 'provoking' ex-rival
Nobody is unaware of the history that exists between veteran Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir and former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. Since their notorious spat during an ODI between India and Pakistan in 2007, the two have never seen eye to eye.
And, after retiring from international cricket, they were frequently spotted arguing about cricket or politics. And, despite a never-before-seen gesture from Afridi earlier this year, during which they even shook hands, the two still share the same opinions, as seen by a new disclosure from the Pakistan great.
Afridi was questioned on the YouTube show Had Kar Di by Pakistani social media celebrity and actor Momin Saqib if he could provoke Gambhir a lot.
While the 46-year-old admitted that it was a common tactic in cricket, he felt that Gambhir was different from the rest of the Indian team and had the same kind of reputation in his national side, before adding that the former opening batter had altercations with other players as well.
Just as he was going to expose some names, he choked back and asked the anchor to have a more "positive" conversation on the air.
"These things happen in cricket." It's perfectly natural. And I believe it has received more attention on social media.
He has a different personality than regular athletes. In Team India, he has the same reputation. It's not like it was just me…he…"I believe we should talk about more positive topics on this show," he remarked.
"Very few Indian batters I've seen have such good timing with the bat," he remarked. He's a fantastic player."
Earlier this year, Gambhir and Afridi exchanged a handshake during a Legends Cricket League match in Doha. Gambhir headed the India Maharajas, while Afridi led the Asia Lions.
Later in the game, the former Pakistan all-rounder was seen checking on Gambhir after he was struck by a ball while batting. The two instances quickly went popular on social media and prompted a meme frenzy.