Updated: April 20, 2020 12:05:35 am
Sparks flew each time Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi met on the cricket area of their enjoying days, however their disagreement continues even after their retirements. While Afridi says Gambhir has no great records to speak of but an ‘attitude problem’, Gambhir says that Afridi is a ‘traitor’ who has the mental age of a teenager.
A comparison of their data throughout their respective careers, as opening batsmen and in India vs Pakistan matches:
Afridi shocked many by retiring from Tests to concentrate on his white-ball profession in 2006, persevering with to play worldwide cricket within the shorter codecs until 2018. He exploded into the Test enviornment with a matchwinning 141 vs India in solely his second match in 1999, however was unable to copy that type in later years. He loved his finest season in Test cricket in 2005/06 – a run that included two centuries in opposition to India, certainly one of them being his career-high rating of 156. He returned for one Test in 2010.
Gambhir made a promising begin to his Test profession in 2004, scoring 96 vs South Africa in his second match. His best run, nevertheless, got here after he made his comeback to the aspect in 2008. That yr, he produced the 2 highest knocks of his profession – 206 vs Australia in Delhi and 179 vs England in Mohali. He was relegated from a daily spot within the Test workforce in 2013, after which he performed 4 Tests.
Afridi’s ODI profession spanned many extra years than Gambhir’s, additionally together with an evolution from a gap batsman to a pinch-hitting all-rounder a lot decrease down the order. He introduced himself on the world stage together with his 37-ball century in 1996, a file for the quickest 100 that will stand for the following 18 years. Afridi was probably the most flamboyant openers in ODI cricket within the late 90s and early 2000s, however dropped down the batting order because the frequency of his geese began to outnumber the massive scores. His highest ODI rating – 124 vs Bangladesh – got here at No. 6.
Gambhir had a greater file within the Test format within the earliest days of his profession, however improved his white-ball file in subsequent years. He hit a run of constant type in 2008 – a yr during which he scored three centuries. He performed an important function within the Indian ODI workforce’s success within the subsequent few years, summed up by his matchwinning knock within the 2011 World Cup ultimate.
In the T20 period, Afridi reinvented himself as a harmful spin bowler who might swing the bat round, whereas Gambhir remained a specialist opening batsman on this format too. With 98 wickets within the format, Afridi was the best wicket-taking bowler within the shortest format until he was overtaken by Lasith Malinga in 2019. Gambhir’s batting data are vastly higher than Afridi’s within the T20I format. His highest rating in T20I used to be additionally in opposition to Pakistan – the matchwinning 75 within the 2007 T20 World Cup ultimate.
Someone who doesn’t keep in mind his age how will he keep in mind my data!OK @SAfridiOfficial let me remind u one: 2007 T20 WC ultimate, Ind Vs Pak Gambhir 75 off 54 balls Vs Afridi Zero off 1 ball. Most imp: We gained the Cup. And sure, I’ve angle in the direction of liars, traitors & opportunists.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 18, 2020
India vs Pakistan
Despite the disparate instructions their respective Test careers took, Afridi enjoys a a lot better file than Gambhir in India vs Pakistan Test matches. Gambhir’s highest rating on this encounter is the 52 he scored on Pakistan’s 2005 tour of India. Afridi, alternatively, has produced a few of his finest batting performances in Test cricket in opposition to India. Afridi has scored three centuries and has taken 14 wickets in Tests vs India.
There has been one time that Afridi has received Gambhir’s wicket in any format. He bowled him out within the first ODI of Pakistan’s tour of India at Guwahati in 2007. Incidentally, this was precisely one week earlier than the well-known face-off between them in Kanpur.
Afridi has 38 wickets in ODIs vs India.
Afridi, regardless of being among the finest T20 gamers within the earliest days of the format, doesn’t get pleasure from a superb file in T20Is vs India. Not solely do his batting data flatter to deceive, he has additionally picked up a complete of 4 wickets on this format in opposition to India.
Most profitable bowlers
The most profitable Pakistani bowlers in opposition to Gambhir have been Umar Gul (4), Mohammad Sami (4), Iftikhar Anjum (4) and Mohammad Irfan (4).
The most profitable Indian bowlers in opposition to Afridi have been Javagal Srinath (9), Irfan Pathan (9) and Anil Kumble (7).
As Opening Batsman
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