Shahid Afridi, Kashmir
Shahid Afridi talks about the unrest in Kashmir. Image Courtesy: Getty

Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan captain and all-rounder may have retired four years ago but his controversial statements against India and its former cricketers and on the Kashmir issue, have always helped him rake up headlines in both countries.

Afridi has given a plethora of controversial statements related to India in the past few months. From terming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘worse than coronavirus’ to alleging that former Indian cricketers used to ‘beg for forgiveness’ after suffering defeats against Pakistan, Afridi has been on a rampage as far as raking up controversy is concerned.

The former Pakistani all-rounder was recently asked during an interaction with Cricket Pakistan whether he fears losing his Indian fan base and social media followers due to his controversial statements. Afridi said that he ‘believes in humanity’ and that one should always speak the ‘truth’ even if it involves India.

“One should always speak the truth, no matter what happens. I believe humanity is above everything else which is why I don’t shy away from voicing my opinion, even if it involves India,” Shahid Afridi told Cricket Pakistan.

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Shahid Afridi on his on-field tussle with Gautam Gambhir in 2007

Shahid Afridi, Gautam Gambhir
Guatam Gambhir (L) and Shahid Afridi.

If there is one Indian cricketer that Shahid Afridi has never got along with- both on and off the field- it is Gautam Gambir. Gambhir’s tussle with Afridi started during the 2007 ODI series in India when the duo exchanged a heated verbal exchange and almost came to blows.

Since then both Afridi and Gambhir haven’t ever held back in taking potshots at each other- whether it is on social media or in interviews. When asked about his 2007 exchange with the Indian opener, Afridi reckoned that such things happen on a cricket field but that should not come in way of he being ‘good friends’ with Gambhir.

”Such things shouldn’t influence your daily life and outside the field, we should all be good friends,” Shahid Afridi said.

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