India players slam Afridi

2011-04-06 11:32

New Delhi - Indian cricket stars Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have hit out at Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi for his comments that Indians do not have "big clean hearts" like Pakistani Muslims.

Afridi also praised Pakistan's media for being "100 times better" than India's in a Pakistani TV show aired Sunday that has caused hurt and anger across the border in India.

"If Indians were not large-hearted, they would not have made so much of progress and delivered growth," Harbhajan was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency.

"I think it's been an uncalled for reaction. It wouldn't help the love and respect with which he is treated in this country."

India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in a much-hyped semi-final attended by the leaders of both countries before beating Sri Lanka in Mumbai last week to regain the World Cup after 28 years.

"Pakistanis indeed have very large hearts which is evident by their generous gesture of dropping so many catches against India during the semi-final clash," Yuvraj, named man of the tournament, told The Times of India.

"India would not have gone to the final had it not been for Pakistan's large-heartedness!"

Pakistan dropped four catches of Sachin Tendulkar who went on to make a vital 85 and fashion India's 29-run win over their rivals.

Afridi insisted later that his remarks had been taken out of context, although he stood by his comments about the Indian media.

His remarks shocked fans in India, who had greeted his efforts during the World Cup to promote harmony between the estranged neighbours whose diplomatic relations are fraught with tension.

India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series on each other's soil since the Mumbai attacks in 2008 derailed their peace process.

New Delhi blamed Pakistan-based Islamist extremists for the attacks, which left 166 people dead.

The two nations have fought three wars since the subcontinent was partitioned in 1947.


  • Ms Mo - 2011-04-06 11:40

    Sore loser. Get a life.

      boomboom - 2011-04-06 16:42

      I'm not saying that what he's said was right but when he talks about OUT OF CONTEXT and media bias he has a VALID POINT. The CONTEXT in which he says that is in response to Indian batsman GAUTAM GHAMBIR'S statement publicized after the match in an Indian newspaper (You can Google it and see for yourself): Gautam Ghambir: ''I am sure the win against Pakistan would have helped. Once on a trip to Jammu, I met some army men. They told me whatever we do, whoever we play; we should never lose to Pakistan. One of them was posted at the Indo-Pak border and was so emotional that he suggested that I should have a tattoo on my body saying, "I will never lose to Pakistan". Notice also how you HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING about Gambhir's statements and yet somehow you were faster to hear about Afridi's. What's so wrong about loosing to a Pakistan team that it has be tattooed to one's body. That statement itself carries connotations of hate speech and politically motivated undertones. And yet you haven't heard anything about it said. Which is exactly his point about the media. He came back from the WC not as a spoilt sport sour grapes etc. He congratulated the Indians several times in a dignified manner and also in his OWN HOME COUNTRY encouraged his nation to stop the hatred towards India. Why the SUDDEN CHANGE OF HEART? Like i said I'm not saying what he said was right, just trying to pinpoint a reason for it.

      boomboom - 2011-04-06 17:08

      MORE NEWS COMMENTS: A close aide of Afridi told PTI: "Watch the show again. It is clear Shahid was speaking in general terms when he was reminded that while he had said on returning home that Pakistanis should not treat India like a enemy, Gambhir had talked politics and tried to play up anti-Pakistan sentiments," the aide said. Afridi's aide said while the cricketer spoke positively about India, the players across the border were doing the opposite about Pakistan. "That is when Afridi made the remarks about Indians not being big hearted like Pakistanis and their media being very negative about Pakistan," the aide said.

  • - 2011-04-06 11:56

    Sour grapes

  • Ben - 2011-04-06 12:04

    Haha! Nice one Yuvraj!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-06 12:06

    Afraidi of losing the captaincy, & his house & car....... Who's a sore loser ? Please stand astride & raise both hands in the air...

  • red - 2011-04-06 12:34

    whats the point of making that comment , there was no point in it , he should have learnt from Graeme Smith - go AWOL and s.t.f.up !! In hindsight , this is all just a game , there will be losers and winners , otherwise there will be no game. Afridi should have accepted defeat graciously.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-04-06 12:45

    Why didnt you make these comments while you were in India, but you make a comment as soon as you get back to your home soil. That is sick. Go advertise Brylcream, better option than your batting

      boomboom - 2011-04-06 17:04

      He praised Indians and Indian culture on his home spoil as soon as the team got back from the WC. His comment's, although inappropriate we in response to those of Indian batsman Ghambir as stated in the above comment.

  • jowza - 2011-04-06 13:31

    what Afridi tried to say was that pakis are the kings of everything crooked

      boomboom - 2011-04-07 13:16

      Maybe have that reputation but they're also the only team INDIA genuinely FEAR.. :P

  • challenge 4 - 2011-04-06 15:42

    Right pakistani's are large hearted, won't deny anyone for anything, even that to MATCH FIXERS also, they show there big heart by accepting FIXERS offer without saying no to anyone.

  • CITIZEN - 2011-04-06 18:21

    poppe gaan dans meneer afridi gaan india toe nou hy sal dans jy kan nie vat jy het verloor nie

  • MJK - 2011-04-07 12:37

    If you really look at it the indians are very proud and i back what boom boom is saying, when the indian players make comments nobody says anything and when the pakis respond then the pakis become the victims. If you look at Gambhir and Yuvraj and most of the indian players on TV, They are proud peacocks, they facial expressions are like they got a carrot (you know where). They are not simple like other players around them munaf, sachin and dhoni, sehwag. And as for Yuvraj from his comments above, he clearly has no brain, rather a pumkin in his head, he should talk last, he got bowled first ball. and also he bought his man of the tournament award, everyone knew Dilshan Tilekaratne deserved it.

      boomboom - 2011-04-07 13:08

      Gambhir's comments came at THE WRONG TIME. What Afridi has been trying to say is DON'T MIX POLITICS WITH SPORT which is exactly what Gambhir did. And ask yourself one minute you're supportive of Indian ties, culture even standing up against HIS OWN NATION and encouraging respect towards INDIAN CULTURE. The next minute you do a turnaround. WHY DID THAT HAPPEN..? He accepted defeat GRACIOUSLY AFTER THE MATCH, AT THE POST MATCH CONFERENCE AND EVEN IN HIS HOME COUNTRY congratulated and praised India. Then why suddenly change his view..? It's exactly what he's said, media is BIAS plain and simple. Why was there no constant media coverage on GHAMBHIRS comments..? Read it carefully, NEVER LOOSE TO PAKISTAN. Why..? POLITICALLY RELATED COMMENTS when there SIMPLY WAS NO NEED FOR IT AT THE TIME GOODWILL WAS EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.

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