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‘He never matures, his brain does not grow’, Gautam Gambhir takes a dig at Shahid Afridi

"Some people never grow up, they play cricket but they never age. His brain doesn't grow either. If he wants to politicise everything, why doesn't he join politics but politics too needs people with maturity, which he lacks," said Gambhir in Hindi.

Gautam Gambhir, former cricket and current Member Parliament from East Delhi constituency, slammed Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi over his Kashmir remark on micro-blogging site Twitter Thursday.

“Some people never grow up, they play cricket but they never age. His brain doesn’t grow either. If he wants to politicise everything, why doesn’t he join politics but politics too needs people with maturity, which he lacks,” said Gambhir in Hindi.

A day earlier, Afridi had tweeted in support of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s appeal to show solidarity with Kashmiri’s on Friday in the wake of abrogation of Article 370. He had also announced his visit to LOC and shaheed’s home, which in all likelihood implies visiting the home of a person who is recognized as a terrorist by the India.

Afridi’s unwarranted political tweet earned the ire of Gambhir. The two have not been in good terms with each other on the field either and are often seen locking horns on social media.

In response, Gambhir, rather explicitly, took a dig at the Pakistani cricketer who is often seen venturing into uncharted territories of Kashmir by supporting terrorists wreaking havoc on the Indian soil at the behest of his country’s proxy war against India.

Gambhir tweeted a picture of Afridi and added, “In this picture Shahid Afridi is asking Shahid Afridi that what should Shahid Afridi do next to embarrass Shahid Afridi so that’s it’s proven beyond all doubts that Shahid Afridi has refused to mature!!! Am ordering online kindergarten tutorials for help.”

The war of words did not end at this and Afridi came back with reference to a comment by former mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton in his book that Mr Gambhir was “mentally the most insecure, negative and pessimistic”.

Ever since Afridi launched his autobiography ‘Game Changer’ he has been in the news. In his book he referred to the former India opener as the one who “lacked personality and has an attitude,” the two are seen taking swipes at each other online. Gambhir had hit at Afridi with a stinging tweet.
Afridi had in the past called for United Nation’s (UN) intervention to resolve the Kashmir issue. While Afridi had wanted the UN to help curb atrocities in Indian Kashmir, Gambhir had reminded him of the fact that these atrocities were prevalent in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Both players have been at loggerheads for long and in 2007, they were booked for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct following a clash during an ODI match between India vs Pakistan in Kanpur.

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