Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir hits back at Pakistan's Shahid Afridi for controversial comments on Kashmir and PM Modi Photograph:( PTI )
Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir tore into former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi over his controversial comments on Kashmir and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi made controversial remarks against India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a recent visit to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). As expected, there was sudden outrage against the former Pakistan captain as people slammed him for disrespecting PM Modi and the country.
Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh’s name continued to pop up on social media platforms as they had extended help to Shahid Afridi Foundation in its battle against COVID-19. Now, Harbhajan has slammed Afridi for his comments as the veteran spinner said that Afridi’s comments are unacceptable while adding that he should stay within his limits.
Former India cricket-turned-politician, Gautam Gambhir also tore into Afridi by taking to social media platform Twitter as he wrote: “Pak has 7 lakh force backed by 20 Cr ppl says 16 yr old man @SAfridiOfficial. Yet begging for Kashmir for 70 yrs. Jokers like Afridi, Imran & Bajwa can spew venom against India & PM @narendramodi ji to fool Pak ppl but won't get Kashmir till judgment day! Remember Bangladesh?”
Pak has 7 lakh force backed by 20 Cr ppl says 16 yr old man @SAfridiOfficial. Yet begging for Kashmir for 70 yrs. Jokers like Afridi, Imran & Bajwa can spew venom against India & PM @narendramodi ji to fool Pak ppl but won't get Kashmir till judgment day! Remember Bangladesh?— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 17, 2020
Whereas Harbhajan clarified that Afridi had asked him to make an appeal for his charity and in good faith, he did it for the people suffering due to COVID-19.
"This is very upsetting what Shahid Afridi has come up with, talking ill about our country and our Prime Minister. This is just not acceptable," Harbhajan told a leading news portal.
"To be honest, he (Adridi) asked us to make an appeal for his charity. In good faith, we did it for humanity and for the people suffering due to the Coronavirus.
"Even our Prime Minister has said that Coronavirus is a fight that extends beyond borders, religions and caste. So we were very clear with the cause that we were promoting, which was simply to help those in crisis.
"But this man (Afridi) is talking ill about our country. All I have to say is we have nothing to do with Shahid Afridi. He has no right to speak ill against our country and he should stay in his country and limits," Harbhajan thundered.
Here's what Shahid Afridi had said about PM Modi and India:
They are viper with poison to their neck, ready to bite at very chance they get.— Aditi Rajput (@aditi_cted) May 16, 2020
Listen this snake Shahid Afridi Abusing our army. pic.twitter.com/0hcMNW7242
Harbhajan further said that after playing over 100 Tests, he doesn’t have to prove his loyalty towards India too people on social media and rather let his good work do the talking. The veteran of the game added that he will have no further relation with Afridi from this point of time.
"I was born in this country and will die in this country. I have played for my country for over 20 years and have won many games for India. No one can say that I have done anything against my country.
"Today or tomorrow, if my country needs me anywhere, even if at the border, I will be the first one to pick up a gun for the sake of my country."
As for his relations with Afridi, it's a closed chapter now. "One person asks me to make an appeal for the sake of humanity, and I did my bit. That was it. I have no relation or tie-up with any Shahid Afridi from here on," Harbhajan signed off.