Ever since the infamous incident during the Kanpur ODI in 2007, the world knows about the turbulent relationship Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir shares. The duo had a heated argument in that match which seems to have stayed with them since then. This time the Pakistani has said that he likes Gambhir as a batsman but has issues as a human being.
“As a cricketer, as a batsman, I’ve liked him always but as a human being he sometimes says certain things, gives the certain treatment that you feel just let it be, he has some problems. His physio has already highlighted that” Afridi to Zainab Abbas in an interview.
The former Pakistan skipper was accentuating Paddy Upton’s comment on Gambhir in his book. Upton had talked about Gambhir’s behavior after scoring a ton and stressing on the mistakes he made.
“Using the popular notion of mental toughness, he was one of the weakest and mentally most insecure’ people I have worked with,” Upton had written in his book.
To this Gambhir replied “I wanted myself and Indian team to be the best in the world. That’s why I was not satisfied even after scoring 100 as it has been mentioned in Paddy’s book. I see nothing wrong there. As a driven individual, I have tried to raise the bar for myself alone.”
The left-hander’s reaction to Afridi, who had termed him as the one ‘who has attitude problems’ in his autobiography, was, however, a lot different.
“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 had tweeted after Afridi had called the former a cross between James Bond and Don Bradman.
“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 and Gambhir wasn’t,” he wrote in his autobiography.
Earlier, Gambhir also hit back at Afridi for the latter’s comment on Kashmir recently.
“Pak has 7 lakh force backed by 20 Cr ppl says 16 yr old man @SAfridiOfficial. Yet begging for Kashmir for 70 yrs. Jokers like Afridi, Imran & Bajwa can spew venom against India & PM @narendramodi ji to fool Pak ppl but won’t get Kashmir till judgment day! Remember Bangladesh?” said Gambhir in a tweet.