Virat Kohli gifting Shahid Afridi a jersey proves that cricket transcends boundaries

Published: April 27, 2017
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So we hear that Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team gifted Shahid Afridi a jersey as a farewell gift on his retirement. PHOTO: AFP

The thing about sports is that it is always at the mercy of politics. However, individuals always find a way out. It is hard to believe but Indian and Pakistani cricketers don’t really get involved in slanging matches off the field, although between players from India and Australia, it is a possibility these days.

So when we hear that Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team gifted Shahid Afridi a jersey as a farewell gift on his retirement, it was a gesture that even the tough-to-please Twitterati applauded.

“To Shahid Bhai best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you,” wrote the Indian cricket captain on the jersey along with signatures of several members of the team including Yuvraj Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Photo: Twitter

  • Waron Dafe

    it is kohli’s greatness.Recommend

  • IPL is boring

    As a cricket fan,I would welcome to have Pakistani players in IPL.. Noone can deny how Afridi’s name made Indians buy tickets for Deccan Chargers or how Sohail Tanvir helped the underrated RR to win the first IPL.
    However,the problem is that whenever Pakistanis come they bring in the debate of “Islam vs Hindus” mentality into the team… We did see how Sohail Tanveer insult Hindus on live television when he wasnt bought on auction or Ahmed Shehzad getting in fight with Dilshan asking him to convert to Islam .. Shoaib Malik asking forgiveness from entire muslim world for losing against India in a match where Irfan Pathan was man of the match. Some Pakistani fans go overboard telling that Dhoni destroyed the career of Irfan Pathan because he was a Muslim..
    Indian fans don’t have issues with Afghani or Bangladeshi players because they dont try to bring religion into cricket. We don’t need any more fodder for the right wing Hindu groups to disrupt matches because of the antics of some Pakistani players..Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Sorry to disaapoint you, but it doesn’t.
    The decision was of Kohli and his friends.
    Not many in India would like to do that. May be it’s just a fomality BCCI asked them to complete.Recommend