Shahid Afridi thanks Virat Kohli and Team India for farewell gift, hopes to see the Indian skipper soon
The 37-year-old Afridi bid adieu to his 21-year-old international career in February when he announced his retirement from the T20 version of cricket.
New Delhi: Keeping the Indo-Pak rivalry aside, Team India gifted a signed Virat Kohli jersey to Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi after the latter's retirement from all forms of cricket.
Seeing the heartwarming show of sportsmanship and camaraderie, the Pakistani all-rounder thanked his compatriot Virat Kohil and rest of the memebers of the Indian team for the beautiful gesture.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 21, 2017
"Thank you to you and the entire Indian team for a wonderful farewell gift @imVkohli. Respect superstar, hope to see you soon," wrote Afridi.
A Pakistani journalist uploaded the shirt on which Kohli wrote: "Shahid Bhai, best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you".
The jersey -- number 18 and VIRAT on it -- had the signatures of Kohli, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, among others.
The 37-year-old Afridi bid adieu to his 21-year-old international career in February when he announced his retirement from the T20 version of cricket. He had already retired from Test and One-Day formats of the game.
He was recently announced as one of eight Champion Ambassadors for the Champions Trophy to be held in the United Kingdom from June 1 to 18, along Harbhajan Singh, Habibul Bashar, Ian Bell, Shane Bond, Mike Hussey, Kumar Sangakkara and Graeme Smith.