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India-Pakistan politics can't define my cordial relation with Virat Kohli: Shahid Afridi

Calling him a fantastic human being, Afridi said Kohli is an ambassador of cricket for his country

Prabhjeet Singh Sethi 11 February 2018, 7:18 PM
Kohli and Afridi are very good friends beyond the cricket field

Kohli and Afridi are very good friends beyond the cricket field Image: AFP

Virat Kohli and Shahid Afridi might be baying for each other's blood on the cricket field, but off it, they're buddies. They're such good friends that even the cross-border tension between India and Pakistan doesn't hamper their camaraderie.

Afridi recently clarified that his "cordial relation" with the Indian captain will not be defined by the political situation.

"My relationship with Virat is not dictated by political situation. Virat is a fantastic human being and an ambassador of cricket for his country, just like I am for my country," Afridi told PTI during an interaction on the sidelines of the St Moritz Ice Cricket Tournament.

"He (Kohli) has always shown a lot of respect and has even gone out of his way to present a signed jersey for my foundation (Shahid Afridi Foundation)," he added. Afridi's foundation has been working in providing clean and safe drinking water for the economically weaker sections of society.

"There is a lot of warmth and fellow-feeling whenever I have spoken to Virat. It's not that we get a chance to speak a lot but from time to time, he would drop in a message and I would do the same. I congratulated him recently when I came to know that he was getting married. 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 Pakistan skipper.

Kohli is currently busy taking India to a series win against South Africa. India lead 3-1, after unfortunately losing a rain-affected fourth ODI.  

(With inputs from PTI)

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