Shahid Afridi and Gautam are known for their fierce rivalry. It all started in 2007 when Pakistan toured in India. When the arch rivals were playing a One-Day International at Kanpur. It’s not easy to guess who is the most hated cricketer in the leggie’s books.
“In 2007, Pakistan’s tour of India in Kanpur saw an epic war of words between two hot-heads – Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir”.
“Why Afridi hates this Indian Player. The incident happened when Gautam Gambhir tried to take a quick single. In the process, he collided with Afridi, who was clearly upset by it. On the other hand, Gambhir was under the impression that Afridi was trying to deliberately block his way. Soon the two got involved in a heated argument.”
Afridi’s comments came after Gambhir dedicated the World Cup win to the victims of Mumbai’s 26/11 terror attacks, which were carried out by Pakistani nationals.
“It looks like Afridi is behaving still in the same manner when he debuted at the age of 16 in international cricket. He is still immature. It was my personal wish to pay tributes to the 26/11 victims,” Gambhir was quoted as saying by the media.
On his verbal skirmish with Afridi during a Test match in 2007 that led to one-match ban, Gambhir said: “I now realise that I should not have lost my temper on small issues. It was a personal thing. He had hurled abuses at me, which I do not want to mention here.”
Gautam Gambhir said:
That all Pakistani cricketers have a habit of making loud comments during play. “Not only Kamran (Akmal), but most of the Pakistanis have this habit of (over) appealing. Most of the wicketkeepers are unlike Kamran. Dhoni never shouts while keeping the wickets,” he added.
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