Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir are well-known to take a dig at each other since 2007 whether in or out of the playing grounds. Recently, Afridi was spotted in a virtual interview with the female sports journalist, Zainab Abbas. He revealed he used to admire Gambhir’s batting tricks but also claimed about his problems as a person.
Afridi has already earlier called him a man with no personality and defined him as a person with attitude along with having no records in cricket pretending himself something more than Don Bradman.
Using Upton’s book’s statement (The Barefoot Coach) as a card, Afridi uttered that even his coach has mentioned him as a negatively pessimistic person who is insecure as well.
Shahid Afridi: I used to admire Gambir as a cricketer but he has problems as a human
“As a cricketer, as a batsman, I’ve liked him always but as a human being he sometimes says certain things, gives the certain treatment that you feel just let it be, he has some problems. His physio has already highlighted that,” Afridi was quoted as saying to Zainab Abbas in an interview.
Upton, in his book ‘The Barefoot Coach’, wrote that Gambhir was “mentally the most insecure, negative and pessimistic”. “Using the popular notion of mental toughness, he was one of the weakest and mentally most insecure’ people I have worked with,” Upton wrote in his book.
Replying to Upton’s statement, Gambhir accepted that his behavior was unusual because he was never satisfied even after smashing a ton as he craved for India’s win.
Replying to the same, Gambhir mentioned. “I wanted myself and the Indian team to be the best in the world. That’s why I was not satisfied even after scoring 100 as it has been mentioned in Paddy’s book. I see nothing wrong there. As a driven individual, I have tried to raise the bar for myself alone.”