Srinagar: Shahid Afridi in one more revelation has talked about his on-field hassle with Gautam Gambhir, which happened years back when the arch-rivals were up against each other.
Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is no stranger to controversies. From having been involved in numerous altercations on the field to his over-the-top statements off it, Afridi had a colourful career, to put it mildly.
In latest news, Afridi has described former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir as a negative person in his highly anticipated autobiography titled ‘Game Changer’. One of the defining images of the India vs Pakistan cricket rivalry has been that of Gambhir and Afridi having a go at each other during an ODI in Kanpur in 2007.
Then, umpire Ian Gould had to intervene to separate the two warring players before the players were fined 95% (Afridi) and 65% (Gambhir) of their match fees. Recalling the aforementioned incident, Afridi writes that the umpires had to intervene otherwise he ‘would have’ finished it off.
“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 relative,” wrote Afridi.
Despite the clash, India still managed to win that ODI riding on fighting half-centuries from Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni before the bowlers combined to plot Pakistan’s defeat by 46 runs. In his autobiography, Afridi makes no bones about his opinions on Gambhir when he says that he doesn’t like Gambhir because according to him, the latter isn’t a positive person.
“Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman & James Bond. In Karachi, we call guys like him saryal (burnt up). 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,” Afridi wrote.
Continuing his tirade on Gambhir, Afridi goes on to describe him as lacking in ‘personality’ and ‘character’. “Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh, poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He who 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,” wrote Afridi.