Afridi at ease with female fans

Published on Mar 04, 2005 04:13 PM IST

The Pakistani heart-throb had to endure mock chiding from his Indian female fans who had come to watch him at the nets on Friday.

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Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, whose unconventional good looks and cavalier style has won him many female fans in his country, has struck a chord with the fair sex in this sleepy holiday resort as well.

For about 30 minutes, the Pakistani heart-throb had to endure mock chiding from his Indian female fans who had come to watch him at the nets on Friday.

"'Accha, to ab idhar aajao' (OK, why don't you come here)," Afridi said when one of them seemed to cross the limits in her wooing.

Asked about all the attention he had been attracting, Afridi said as long as his flamboyant batting brought the crowds to the stadiums, he did not bother about the rest.

"It doesn't matter. If you are good, you will get a good response, whether it is India or Australia or England. Obviously in Pakistan the culture is totally different but I don't mind," said Afridi who celebrated his 25th birthday the very next day he arrived in India on February 28.

Afridi, however, said the days of his rendezvous with young women were truly behind him. "I am married now and have two kids. Of course there are lots of experience but I can't tell all that now."

 Afridi has fond memories of his last tour of India in 1999 when his counter-attacking century laid the foundation for his team's win in Chennai.

"I have come here with a very positive frame of mind. So, Inshallah, if they give me a chance, I will take it. I will try to improve myself as well.

"Chennai obviously is a great memory. Pakistan team was under pressure but we performed well and I performed at the right time too.

"That tour was also significant because my coach did not want me in the Test team at that time. But by God's grace he gave me a chance and I proved (myself)."

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