Shahid Afridi asks fan to hold Indian flag straight, wins hearts on social media

SWITZERLAND: If someone ever questions why cricket is called a gentleman's game, show them this video. Former Pakistan cricket team skipper Shahid Afridi proved once again why he is one of the most respected cricketers across the globe, by giving a beautiful example of what humanity is all about. During the 2-day long Ice Cricket exhibition matches in Switzerland, Afridi was seen asking an Indian fan to hold the national flag straight as she wanted a picture with him. The video of the incident soon got viral and Indian fans couldn't help but hail the cricketer from across the border.

During the exhibition matches on Ice, where Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Jack Kallis, Graeme Smith, Andre Symonds were also present, Afridi spoke about his relationship with present Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli as well. While the political relations between India and Pakistan have turned sour and sour, that hasn't affected Afridi's relationship with Kohli at all.

The star Pakistani cricketer, while clicking pictures with fans on the sidelines of the Ice cricket event, requested one of them to straighten the flag before they could go ahead and click a picture and this simple gesture won the hearts of several fans from both the countries on social media.

Amid the constant cross-border tension between India and Pakistan, Afridi's gesture received the warmest welcome. The two neighbouring countries haven't played bilateral cricket series since January 2013 but this act proves the sort of respect Afridi still holds for India and his fans from the country.

"I believe as cricketers we can set examples of how relationship between individuals can be a template for relationship between countries. I think after Pakistan, the two countries where I have received most love and respect are India and Australia," said the former hard-hitter from Pakistan.

During the couple of days of Ice Cricket at St Moritz tournament on February 8 and 9, Afridi at times even beat Virender Sehwag in terms of popularity thanks to the presence of a larger number of expatriate Pakistani fans, who had thronged St Moritz.


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