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Shahid Afridi is 16 mentally, says Gautam Gambhir as verbal slugfest continues

It all started when Shahid Afridi launched a vicious attack on Gautam Gambhir in his autobiography, terming him someone who has no personality and the one who has a lot of attitude problem.

cricket Updated: May 06, 2019 08:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Shahid Afridi,Gautam Gambhir,Gautam Gambhir Shahid Afridi
A file photo of Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir.(Twitter)

Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi have been engaged in a war of words in the last couple of days and the former India opener continued the slugfest as he said that Afridi is 16-years-old mentally.

“I am sure he will sell his book better. Some People grow in age not mentally. Shahid afridi may be 36, 37 years old (Afridi is 39). But he is 16 mentally,” Gambhir told India Today during a roadshow in New Delhi on Sunday.

“My records are in open. Becoming ICC Test player of the year, winning Test series and World Cup. People will decide what I have done for the country. Some people are really mentally ill and so need psychiatrist treatment.”

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It all started when Afridi launched a vicious attack on Gambhir in his autobiography, terming him someone who has no personality and the one who has a lot of attitude problem.

“Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh poor Gautam. He & 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 also took a jibe at Gambhir by referring him as a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond.

“Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman & James Bond. In Karachi we call guys like him saryal (burnt up). It’s simple, I like happy, positive people. Doesn’t matter if they are aggressive or competitive, but you have to be positive & Gambhir wasn’t,” he further wrote in his autobiography.

“...you are a hilarious man!!! Anyway, we are still granting visas to Pakistanis for medical tourism. I will personally take you to a psychiatrist,” Gambhir tweeted.

Reacting to Gambhir’s ‘psychiatrist’ remark, Afridi said he would arrange visa for the ‘treatment’ of the former India opener in Pakistan. “I think Gautam Gambhir may have some problems. I am working with hospitals and I can get him very good treatment here,” Afridi said.

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Gambhir hit back at Afridi by offering to take him to a psychiatrist.

“The Indian Government doesn’t normally give visas to our people, but I will welcome everyone from India to Pakistan. Our people and our Government have always welcomed Indians and as for Gautam, I will get a visa arranged so that his treatment can be done here,” Afridi added.

Shahid Afridi “The Indian Government doesn’t normally give visas to our people, but I will welcome everyone from India to Pakistan. Our people and our Government have always welcomed Indians and as for Gautam, I will get a visa arranged so that his treatment can be done here.”

First Published: May 05, 2019 15:58 IST