The former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi came in support of India’s all-format skipper Virat Kohli’s. It came after the Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) former coach, Ray Jennings grabbed headlines.
The South African first-class cricket Jennings compared Virat Kohli’s aggressive style of captaincy with wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The 37-year-old Afridi believes that every captain has his own trait when it comes to the leadership. While Dhoni’s style of captaincy exhibited calm and composure. The batting mainstay Virat deals with controlled aggression which Afridi feels is always a good sign.
“The way Virat Kohli is taking Indian team ahead, he is doing a fantastic job, Controlled aggression is always good,” Afridi was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Afridi is currently featuring in the St Moritz Ice Cricket tournament 2018 in Switzerland. He mentioned that he would want to feature in the T20 leagues in the years to come.
The all-rounder Afridi wants to support his foundation. He scored a nought in the inaugural match of the league.
“One should be aggressive, Virat has it in him. If you look at (MS) Dhoni then he is very cool-minded and relaxed. Everyone has their own nature. Virat has his own style to lead his team and controlled aggression is acceptable,” Afridi added.
“For me, I want to concentrate only on the leagues (T20 tournaments), wherever they are. Be it England, Australia or Bangladesh,” Afridi mainatined.
Afridi, the talismanic Pakistani cricketer concluded by hoping that India plays Pakistan in a bilateral series.
“But I also have a bigger cause, working with my foundation (Shahid Afridi Foundation). This is what I am working on,” said Afridi from the sidelines of the tournament featuring the likes Jacques Kallis, Virender Sehwag, Andrew Symonds and many others.
Afridi further feels that the diplomatic relations between the India-Pakistan would not hamper the players’ relationship.
“We (sportspersons) are ambassadors from our respective countries. We should look to do positive things. Siyaasatdano ko apni siyaasat karni chahiye (Politicians should do what they are supposed to), but I think we (sportspersons) can play a bigger role for both the countries.
“I have always maintained that the better the relations are between India and Pakistan, ham bohot saare dushmano ke mooh par thappad marenge (we will deliver a blow to those who are against us),” concluded Shahid Afridi.
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