Keeping political differences aside, Team India recently sent a thoughtful retirement gift to Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi. The gift was a Virat Kohli jersey signed by all the members of the team with a special message for Afridi that read:
“Best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you.”
The gesture was applauded by cricket fans on both sides of the border and showed the true spirit of the ‘gentleman’s game’. And now, Shahid Afridi has responded on the gift.
Today, Shahid Afridi took to Twitter to post a heartwarming thank you note for the gift to Team India.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 21, 2017
And Virat Kohli took no time in replying to Afridi for his kind words.
It's a pleasure to have gifted something of importance and a lasting memory @SAfridiOfficial God bless you with everything in life See you 😊
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 21, 2017
Here are a few amazing replies from the Twitterverse that followed.
1. Great indeed!
2. We all miss the boom-boom
Being indian we miss u during india pak fabulous future match.. shahid u played fabulously
— Jai parsuran (@bhanupandey) April 21, 2017
3. Yes, it does
Love knows no boundaries. Great to see it. Sports have the ability to narrow the gap btw the two Nations #IndPak.
— Bhat Salfi (@Bhatsalfi7) April 21, 2017
4. Respect he deserves
Massive respect from Pakistan. You are the best batsman in the world and a great role model. I hope we get to see a lot more from u.
— Ali Alamdar (@AliAlamdar) April 21, 2017
5. Bang on!
— moin™✌😁 (@d_magnificent05) April 21, 2017
Let’s hope that the two nations show such love and respect to each other outside the cricket domain too.