Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s recently-launched autobiography ‘Game Changer’ has raised eyebrows following controversial anecdotes and statements made after the release of the book. In one of the chapters, he made scathing remarks about former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, labeling him as “barely a character in the great scheme of cricket,” and someone with “no great records and just a lot of attitude.” This ensued in a retaliation from Gambhir with his own jibe at Afridi. However, the latter has now claimed that he has nothing personal with the former Indian opener and will greet him an opportunity when they meet.
“I just want to say when we had that fight in the match it was a mistake by both of us. We realised that later. I have nothing personal against Gambhir. In fact, I have some good friends in the Indian team and I get along with them well off the field. Even if I meet Gambhir somewhere, I will greet him normally as I have nothing in my heart against him,” Afridi was quoted as saying by PTI.
Afridi also stated that he loves India and admires the Indian cricket fans, who also extend their affection towards the Pakistani players. He also suggested cricket as a platform to reduce the ongoing bilateral tensions between the two neighboring countries.
“I have enjoyed each and every tour of India because of the love and affection I and other Pakistani players have got always there. I admire Indian cricket because of the way the sport is run there and how the money they earn is invested back into the game and players.
“I still believe that cricket is one way to reduce tensions between the two countries and we should have regular bilateral matches. Because when we tour each other’s countries there will be more people to people contact and misunderstandings will be lessened,” he said.
Earlier, 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,” he tweeted.