Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has admitted that it was his mistake that resulted in his unpleasant verbal duel with Gautam Gambhir during the third one-dayer in Kanpur on Sunday and even apologised to the Indian batsman.
"It was my mistake and I realised it. I told him, I am sorry, so the matter is closed now. Relations between the two sides remain good," Afridi was quoted as saying in 'Jang' newspaper today.
Both the players had exchanged expletives after a mid-pitch collision during the Kanpur ODI, which India won by 46 runs to go up 2-1 in the series.
The all-rounder felt the strongly reaction came out of anger and frustration.
"The batsmen were dominating and we were not doing well. I was angry and when Gambhir came through I just reacted and did the wrong thing in the heat of the moment. But I regret it now," Afridi said.
"I play my cricket with lot of intensity and I was upset at my own bowling as well," he added.