Updated: May 3, 2019 5:30:30 pm
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi slammed former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir in his recently released autobiography titled ‘Game Changer’, and said that the former Indian opener lacked personality and has an attitude problem.
In an attack on Gambhir, Afridi wrote in his book, “Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh poor Gautam. He and his attitude problem. He who has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude.”
Afridi said that Gambhir acted like he was a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond.
“In Karachi we call guys like him saryal (burnt up). Its 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.
The duo were involved in a clash in 2007 during an ODI match between India and Pakistan in Kanpur. Both Afridi and Gambhir were booked for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.
Speaking about the incident, Afridi said, “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’s autobiography also made headlines after it revealed his actual age. The right-handed batsman revealed that he was actually born in 1975, and not in 1980, which the official records state.
Gambhir is contesting the ongoing national elections on a BJP ticket from Delhi. He hasn’t responded to the statements made by Afridi in his autobiography yet.
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