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Ban will make Gambhir more sensible, feels Afridi

cricket Updated: Nov 06, 2008 13:10 IST

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Experienced Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi feels that the one-match ban imposed on Gautam Gambhir will make the Indian opener a more sensible and cool headed cricketer.

Gambhir, who has been in terrific form against Australia, has been banned for the last Test in Nagpur after match referee Chris Broad and ICC adjudicator Justice Albie Sachs found him guilty of barging into all-rounder Shane Watson during the Third test in New Delhi.

Sachs rejected an appeal filed by the Indian Cricket Board against the match referee's decision and upheld the ban on Gambhir.

Afridi, who has also been elbowed by Gambhir during a One-day International match against Pakistan at Kapur in November last year, recalled the incident and said the left-hander made a mistake by repeating the same thing against Watson.

"He did a similar thing with me while taking a run while I was bowling and we had exchanged a few words with each other.

"After running into me he turned around and made some comments and I also replied back. But the match referee let us off with fines and afterwards we sorted things out and everything cooled down," the all-rounder said.

"He is a bit of a hot headed cricketer and likes to trade words. But I think this ban will cool his temperament down and make him a more sensible cricketer who can avoid such unnecessary things," Afridi added.

He was of the view that it was natural for cricketers to exchange words and even sledge each other when there is fierce competition, but pointed out that sensible players never let the situation get out of their hands.

"I have also made a few mistakes in the past and learnt from them. I think Gambhir will also learn," he said.

Citing Sachin Tendulkar and retired India Test captain Anil Kumble as examples, Afridi said young cricketers all over the world should take a lesson from them on their conduct both on and off the field.

"They are two of the most successful performers for India but they hardly lost their cool and their behaviour was always normal with their opponents."

"I am a great admirer of Kumble because of his stature as a bowler and the way he played his cricket. I have on doubt India is going to miss him a lot," he added.