India send Afridi heart-warming farewell gift

Published: April 19, 2017
Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

The rivalry between Pakistan and India is massive and whenever the two teams get on the pitch against each other, a billion and more hold their breaths in anticipation of a fiery encounter.

Tempers flare, trumpets blow, the war cry is heard as both sets of players get into war-mode.

While both teams might be sworn enemies on the pitch, they are quite friendly off it and have a lot of mutual respect for each other.

Shahid Afridi announces retirement from international cricket

This show of respect was made all the more evident when the Indian cricket team sent a heart-warming gift for all-rounder Shahid Afridi when one of Pakistan’s greatest ever players decided to retire from the sport.

In order to show their respect to the retiring all-rounder, they sent a shirt with ‘To Shahid Bhai, best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you’ scribbled in India captain Virat Kohli’s handwriting in addition to signatures from the entire Indian team.

Now isn’t that a gesture worth respecting?

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  • Turhan
    Apr 19, 2017 - 1:41PM

    Thank you INDIA !Recommend

  • Dash
    Apr 19, 2017 - 1:42PM

    Thank you Nawaz Sharif! :DRecommend

  • illpopo
    Apr 19, 2017 - 1:50PM

    It is appreciable, should be reciprocated with love and respect!Recommend

  • bashir gul
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:00PM

    real sporting spiritRecommend

  • AshwAni Kumar Aggarwal
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:12PM

    Bollywood honoured Pakistan’s cricket Shahid Afridi star in the Indian movie, Salman Kahan’s Bajarangi Bhaijaan where the young mute girl is named Shahida after Shahid Afridi.Recommend

  • salman
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:13PM

    Thank you Team India for your good gesture and its an honor for us. Recommend

  • DP Gilani
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:27PM

    In the present hate-filled and politically charged atmosphere,Virat Kohli’s gesture of civility and sportsmanship can only be described as” beautiful”.Virat is arguably one of the finest cricketers of all times.Shahid Afridi will value this memorable gesture as not merely a personal token but an expression of friendship from Team India.Recommend

  • Snkn
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:28PM

    Yes a v nice gesture…. The same spirit should be shown to restart matches between the two countries… Recommend

  • Jacob
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:37PM

    Now pakistan will start giving repect to him.. Following his master..Recommend

  • Irfan
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:42PM

    Go Nawaz Go.Recommend

  • Anz
    Apr 19, 2017 - 3:48PM

    Tomorrow @Irfan: Recommend

  • Shafaq
    Apr 19, 2017 - 4:17PM


  • Tanveer Kolachi
    Apr 19, 2017 - 4:46PM

    We love you Kohli and we also believe that you shall strive hard to normalise the tension between two cricket boards. lets resume the game. Recommend

  • Proud to be Muslim
    Apr 19, 2017 - 5:30PM

    Very good …!Recommend

  • Hasan
    Apr 19, 2017 - 5:36PM

    Really ?!Recommend

  • Furqan Hafeez
    Apr 19, 2017 - 5:56PM

    It’s a lovely gesture by Team India. Thank you Kohli & Co. Recommend

  • Shiva
    Apr 19, 2017 - 6:42PM

    It’s nice to see pakistanis thanking virat and team india. But on resuming matches…middle finger…Recommend

  • Mrs. Khan
    Apr 19, 2017 - 7:26PM

    @Shiva: They are people like you who will make sure that India and Pakistan are not on good terms.
    @ Indian team: really appreciate it!Recommend

  • UJ
    Apr 19, 2017 - 7:30PM

    Nice gesture. Should definitely be reciprocated accordingly. It’s unfortunate that the Indo-Pak relationship is strained, given that the people (mostly) have such warmth for each other. Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Apr 19, 2017 - 9:17PM

    Tendulkar deserved IK’s shirt. Man Tendulkar was amazing.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Apr 19, 2017 - 9:58PM

    Pl get the TATA HD Dish and see the filthy lies & propaganda against Pakistan on all Indian channels. Add to that the Indian terrorism on Pakistani soil that Raheel Sharif has given clear evudence of.
    Its high time Pakistan adopts a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for India.
    Do unto others (as) they do unto you.Recommend

  • ahsan
    Apr 19, 2017 - 11:15PM

    Kind gestures from across the border are always appreciated. Thanks.Recommend

  • Aleem
    Apr 19, 2017 - 11:57PM

    Agreed, great sporting and a class act!

    Kudos Team India!

    Thanks for Pakistan

  • bharat
    Apr 20, 2017 - 7:18AM

    In times of negativity,i am happy to see this gesture.Recommend

  • Afridi
    Apr 20, 2017 - 10:34AM

    it has been an honor. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Apr 20, 2017 - 10:56AM

    Pakistan standiums can be full of cricket but this militants are outlier who have to be removed.These militants are responsible for frictions between Pakistan,India,Afghanistan and Iran.Recommend

  • Mohammed Mirza
    Apr 20, 2017 - 11:40AM

    Kudos to India! Well doneRecommend

  • zahoor
    Apr 20, 2017 - 7:15PM

    love You Lala …. Great One Kohli alsO… love u & thanks for respect india…Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 21, 2017 - 3:15PM

    people, can you see how easy it is to be friend. Thanks team India.Recommend

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