Known to wear his heart on his sleeves – Gautam Gambhir has replied back over Shahid Afridi’s uncharitable comments in his just-released autobiography ‘Game Changer’, offering to take him to a session with “a psychiatrist”. The former Pakistan captain wrote a few controversial things in his book about the Indian opener. Afridi had sarcastically referred to Gambhir as someone who “behaves like a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond,” and has a “lot of attitude and no great records” Also Read - Arzan Nagwaswalla Names Zaheer Khan As His 'Bowling Idol And Inspiration'; Reveals About His Learnings From Jasprit Bumrah at Mumbai Indians Camp
Gambhir responded through his official twitter handle tagging Afridi. “…you are a hilarious man!!! Anyway, we are still granting visas to Pakistanis for medical tourism. I will personally take you to a psychiatrist,” Gambhir tweeted. Also Read - Veda Krishnamurthy Pens Emotional Note After Losing Mother, Sister To COVID-19: My World Has Gone Upside Down
The duo never shared a great rapport on and off-the-field and it was reflected in Afridi’s take on Gambhir.
“Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh, poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude,” Afridi wrote.
“Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman & James Bond. In Karachi, we call guys like him saryal (grumpy). It’s simple, I like happy, positive people. Doesn’t matter if they are aggressive or competitive, but you have to be positive & Gambhir wasn’t,” he further wrote.
The two had an angry bust-up during a bilateral series ODI in Kanpur back in 2007 (wrongly referred in Afridi’s book as Asia Cup game).
“I remember the run-in with Gambhir during the 2007 Asia Cup, when he completed his single while running straight into me. The umpires had to finish it off or I would have. Clearly we had a frank bilateral discussion about each other’s female relatives,” Afridi recalled the uncharitable verbal exchange.
Afridi has recently agreed that he had indulged in age-fraud and was 21 years old when he scored his hundred debut and not 16 as it was believed for a lot of years.
(With Agency Inputs)