Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir share political tensions and cricket tensions since 2007. Recently, in an interview with Zainab Abbas, Afridi claimed that he had liked Gambhir earlier but he has problems as a human.
Afridi further added that the fact has been approved by Indian coach in his book where he has called him a negative, insecure, and a pessimistic person.
Gautam Gambhir has problems as a human: Shahid Afridi
“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.
IN the book, Upton termed Gambhir as an insecure and negative person which Afridi has used as a card supporting his statements.
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 the answer of The Barefoot Coach, Gambhir had said he wanted to see India so much successful that even scoring a ton did not use to satisfy his crave.
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.”