Pakistani fans praise Virat Kohli & Co for sending heart-warming gift to Shahid Afridi
India and Pakistan have given cricket fans some of the best memories to cherish with several memorable encounters on the field. The two countries might not be playing cricket frequently due to the political tensions, but that hasn't stopped players from both countries to express their love and respect for each other.
New Delhi: India and Pakistan have given cricket fans some of the best memories to cherish with several memorable encounters on the field. The two countries might not be playing cricket frequently due to the political tensions, but that hasn't stopped players from both countries to express their love and respect for each other.
In a great gesture, the Indian cricket team sent a gift for former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who recently announced retirement from international cricket.
The Indian team gifted a special Team India jersey to Afridi, which had signatures of all the members of the Indian team. It also had a message which read, “always a pleasure playing against you.”
The photograph of the jersey was also shared on Twitter by Pakistani journalist Faizan Lakhani.
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
Looking at the heart-touching gift, Pakistani fans were full of praise for Kohli and the entire Indian team.
Here are some of the reactions:
@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
— Hassankhetran (@Hassankhetran18) April 16, 2017
— Malik Hassaan (@MalikHassaan2) April 15, 2017
@faizanlakhani Heart warming gesture!
— Salman Saeed (@salman_539) April 16, 2017
Afridi, who had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup, was the skipper of the T20I team for ICC World Twenty20 played in India in 2016. As a result of Pakistan's poor show, he stepped down from captaincy and was hoping to make a comeback in the squad for the shortest format of the game.
After making his international debut in 1996 in an ODI match against Kenya, Afridi established himself as one of the biggest match-winners for Pakistan.
He is known for his explosive batting, and legbreak googly. He has played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 98 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan.