India and Pakistan continue to have political tensions between them but some of the cricketers of the two countries have shared a cordial bond with each other. Harbhajan Singh, revealing details of his interactions with Pakistani cricketers, said how Shahid Afridi used to bring him gifts.
Revealing a few tales from his playing days, Harbhajan shared that he was friends with the likes of Saqlain Mushtaq and Shahid Afridi. With Mushtaq, the Turbantor had quite a few cricketing discussions over the years.
“I was friends with Saqlain Mushtaq. I used to discuss cricket with him. After him, I met their whole team. I remember the 1999 Test against Pakistan in Delhi where Anil bhai took 10 wickets. I was also playing in that game. That was the only time when I felt relieved I didn’t get a wicket. Because taking 10 wickets is a big deal. After he took 6-7 wickets, I was like, ‘I hope I don’t get a wicket. He should get all the wickets now’,” Harbhajan said in a video shared by Star Sports.
Bhajji even said that Afridi used to get several gifts for him like Punjabi dramas and Peshwari jutti.
“I had friends in the Pakistan team as well. They used to bring me Punjabi dramas and Peshwari jutti. Lala (Afridi) used to bring me those things,” said the former India off-spinner.
India and Pakistan remain arch-rivals on the cricketing field despite the fact that they only play against each other in ICC and other multi-team tournaments. The two Asian cricketing giants will next face each other in the 2022 Asia Cup. In fact, it is quite possible that India and Pakistan will face each other as many as three times in the tournament.
The last time an Indo-Pak cricket match took place, the Men in Green defeated India by 10 wickets.
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