A day after Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh slammed former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi’s comments on PM Narendra Modi and Kashmir, India skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has lashed out at the Pakistani allrounder, calling him a ‘negative’ person. Also Read - Wicketkeepers Need to be Given More Consistent Run in Indian Cricket Team: Parthiv Patel
Kohli’s coach also said that no one in the Indian cricket team respects him and added that he was not even respected during his playing days. Also Read - I Would Have Loved to Play Against Virat Kohli, Right Guy to Lead Indian Cricket Forward: Ian Botham
“Nobody in Indian cricket team takes him seriously. He was not even taken seriously when he was playing cricket. And he doesn’t deserve to because talking like this is not acceptable at any stage. Indian cricketers are sober and they don’t talk like this,” Sharma was quoted as saying by Republic TV. Also Read - Virat Kohli Should Divorce Anushka Sharma For Making 'Pataal Lok': BJP Minister Nandkishor Gurjar Gets Trolled For Bizarre Remark
“They stand for their country but never abuses any other country or their PM. I think Shahid Afridi needs to learn a lot. He is a very negative sort of guy. Virat Kohli never talks about Shahid he is not that important that he should be talked about,” he added.
He also reckoned that Afridi spoke in that manner because he wants to enter politics and had to keep the army in good humour.
“I think Afridi wants to come in politics. Whosoever criticizes or abuses India becomes famous in Pakistan. It is their mentality. Shahid Afridi is moving in that direction. I don’t think anybody will take him seriously from now on,” said Sharma.