Pakistan’s former skipper. Shahid Afridi has coined Indian opener Gautam Gambhir as one of the most unfriendly players from the neighbouring country, India.
Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir got involved in an ugly spat in 2007, according to the seasoned allrounder the left-handed batsman has not moved on from that incident and two are not having good terms unlike other Indian cricketers.
“Of course, there are exceptions like Gautam Gambhir, who dare I say isn’t the friendliest. We are unlikely to be found together at a coffee shop anytime soon,” said Afridi in a column for ICC’s official website.
The 36-year old is unable to understand why Gambhir is still stuck in that incident, which are part and parcel of the game.
“Gautam for some reason can’t get over it (the verbal spat between the two). Good luck to him!” he said.
The man, who is known as Boom Boom in the cricket fraternity, named Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh as his friends from across the border.
“I have enjoyed excellent relationships with Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh. The three are one of my best mates and we have some wonderful memories together,” he wrote.
Shahid Afridi also shared a funny incident where he invited Indian team on a feast at his Karachi house and cooked non-vegetarian items forgetting that most of the Indians cricketers cannot eat that.
“We prepared special Pathan-style rich food, full of lamb and mutton dishes. When the food was served, there was a complete silence in the room and my Indian friends were looking at each other. At that point, I realised that my honourable and respectable guests don’t eat that type of food,” he stated.
He also praised the current Indian captain for his gesture of gifting him his jersey after a match in 2016.