Pakistan cricket fans react to Indian team’s gift to Shahid Afridi
This exchange of wishes has gone to prove that the India vs Pakistan rivalry is just an on-field one.
Published - Apr 18, 2017 8:09 pm | Updated - Apr 18, 2017 8:09 pm
Shahid Afridi is a cricketer loved by cricket fans not just in Pakistan or the subcontinent, but by cricket fans all over the world. And that is for his mighty sixes and quick centuries and his ability to give. He possessed the talent to win Pakistan matches single handedly.
After Afridi, one of the finest all-rounders of all time announced international retirement, the Indian team sent him the team India jersey as a souvenir, which had signatures and wishes from all current players. India and Pakistan have enjoyed some of the best cricketing moments, and Shahid Afridi’s huge hitting prowess was loved by the Indians too.
The image of the jersey has gone viral after a Pakistani journalist, who encountered the autographed t-shirt, uploaded a picture of the same on Twitter. Signatures of Virat Kohli, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Pawan Negi, Suresh Raina, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, and the then director Ravi Shashtri can be identified from the image of the shirt.
The journalist, who posted the picture, captioned it as, “Virat Kohli’s shirt, signed by the Indian team, for Shahid Afridi, with a message “always a pleasure playing against you.”
Virat Kohli's shirt, signed by Indian team, for Shahid Afridi, with a message "always a pleasure playing against you." pic.twitter.com/KexlCjTNeZ
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) April 15, 2017
Pakistan team was touched by India’s gesture and was full of praises for their counterparts. One of the cricket fans from Pakistan tweeted, “I admire Kohli. It only he is great Batsmen but a great Human being and being aggressive on the field is his Class!!”
@faizanlakhani I admire Kohli. It only he is great Batsmen but a great Human being and being aggressive in the field is his Class!!
— Tanveer Khatana (@iamrjtanveerkh) April 16, 2017
This exchange of wishes has gone to prove that the India vs Pakistan rivalry is just an on-field one, and off the field, players have a lot of respect for one another. And this gesture by the Indian Cricket team can also take a step forward to restore peace with Pakistan cricket and play more matches with them in the near future.
— Hassankhetran (@Hassankhetran18) April 16, 2017
@faizanlakhani (Respect) ??
— Malik Hassaan (@MalikHassaan2) April 15, 2017
@faizanlakhani Heart warming gesture!
— Salman Saeed (@salman_539) April 16, 2017