The heated exchanges between Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir have transferred from the cricket field to social media. In recent times, the duo has been engaging in a war of words regarding cricketing topics and political issues, which is a lot more sensitive. The ugly incidents have given former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis to call for both the cricketers to display some maturity and level-headedness.
One of the latest incidents that sparked a massive amount of backlash was Afridi’s hateful comments against India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi over Kashmir in a video that went viral. Not only Gambhir but also the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, and Suresh Raina slammed him for the same via Twitter and other channels.
Shahid Afridi also requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to include a team in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the name of Kashmir. The retired all-rounder went on to say he would love to play his last PSL season for Kashmir as their captain for the overwhelming love shown by their people.
In social media, if you carry on that, people are going to love it, and people are enjoying it: Waqar Younis
Referring to such incidents, former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has urged for Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir to settle down the never-ending arguments maturely. Waqar went on to say that social media has fun out of the exchanges between them due to which they must solve it like adults.
“The banter between Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi has been going on for a while now. I think they both got to be smart, sensible, and calm down. It has been going on for way too long,” Waqar Younis said as quoted by India Today.
“My advise to them is to maybe catch up somewhere around the world and talk it out if you cannot really calm it down. In social media, if you carry on that, people are going to love it and people are enjoying it and that I feel that they both should be sensible and smart,” Waqar Younis added.