Gautam Gambhir hit back at Shahid Afridi, offering to take him to a session with a psychiatrist after the former Pakistan captain wrote a few uncharitable things about the Indian opener.
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir and ex-Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi aren’t the best of friends and the nature of their relationship isn’t hidden from any cricket fan either. Shahid Afridi’s recently launched autobiography has added another nail in the Gauti-Afridi rivalry. The book, named, “Game Changer” was released on 30th April and has been in the limelight ever since then. The former Pakistan skipper has made some shocking revelations in the book regarding different affairs of his cricketing career.
The antagonism between the two had started way back in 2007 when the exchange of some verbal volleys had resulted in a heated argument. However, this wasn’t limited as 13 years down the lane, the two veterans are still vying for their superiority. The duo never shared a great rapport on and off-the-field and it was reflected in Afridi’s take on Gambhir. Shahid Afridi, in his book, had written some disrespectful quotes towards Gambhir.
The Khyber-born, in his autobiography, mentioned, “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.”
The two had an angry bust-up during a bilateral series ODI in Kanpur back in 2007 (wrongly referred in Afridi’s book as Asia Cup game).
“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 relatives,” Afridi had added, recalling the uncharitable verbal exchange.
Not known to pull back punches, Gautam Gambhir too gave a fitting reply to Shahid Afridi for his uncivil thoughts. The Delhi-born, who took retirement from all forms of the game a few months ago, took on Shahid Afridi with all his guns blazing. As a reply to his counterpart’s impudent comments, the 37-year old posted a tweet on his official twitter handle where he advised Afridi, to visit a psychiatrist. The former Indian opener termed him “hilarious” and invited him to India, for check-up.
“@SAfridiOfficial you are a hilarious man!!! Anyway, we are still granting visas to Pakistanis for medical tourism. I will personally take you to a psychiatrist.” the Southpaw tweeted in reply.