Gautam Gambhir does not share a great relationship with Shahid Afridi since his playing days and the bitterness in the relationship of these two former cricketers is still there despite the fact that both of them have retired.
Gambhir, who is also a member of parliament now, never shies away from criticizing Afridi for his illogical statements, whether it’s on cricketing or political matters.
Here are the 4 instances where Gambhir gave a fitting reply to Afridi –
#1 On Kashmir issue
Recently Afridi visited Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and boasted about the Pakistani army saying that Pakistani army has 7 lakh forces backed by 20 crore people of Pakistan.
Gambhir took a dig at that saying why are they still begging for Kashmir then?
Gambhir also reminded Afridi that he and the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan can keep fooling the Pakistani people, but do they remember Bangladesh?
Gambhir was referring to the Indo-Pak War of 1971 where India had beaten Pakistan and divided their country into two parts to form a new country called Bangladesh.
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?
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 17, 2020
#2 On Gambhir’s records
Afridi, in his autobiography, wrote that Gambhir doesn’t hold a lot of records, but he still has got attitude.
Gambhir was quick to respond to that as he reminded Afridi of the T20 World Cup final of 2007 where he scored a match winning 75 for India, while Afridi scored a duck for Pakistan.
India beat Pakistan in that game to win the first ever T20 World Cup.
Someone who doesn’t remember his age how will he remember my records!OK @SAfridiOfficial let me remind u one: 2007 T20 WC final, Ind Vs Pak Gambhir 75 off 54 balls Vs Afridi 0 off 1 ball. Most imp: We won the Cup. And yes, I’ve attitude towards liars, traitors & opportunists.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 18, 2020
#3 “Afridi is 16-year old”
After responding to Afridi on Twitter regarding his records, Gambhir then slammed him while talking to the media as well and said that Afridi’s psyche is that of a 16-year old boy and not of a fully grown man.
Gambhir also hinted that Afridi might have written controversial things about him to sell his book more and more.
“I am sure he will sell his book better. Some People grow in age not mentally. Shahid Afridi may be 36, 37 years old. But he is 16 mentally.” Gambhir was quoted as saying by India Today.
#4 “Will take you to a psychiatrist”
At his book launch in Karachi, Afridi said that Gambhir had a mental problem.
Gambhir again responded to it, saying that a few Pakistanis were granted Indian visa on medical grounds and if Afridi wanted, he could also come to India for his treatment.
Gambhir sarcastically said if Afridi came to India for his treatment, he would personally take the former Pakistani all-rounder to a psychiatrist.
@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.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 4, 2019