Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi on Tuesday took to microblogging – to wish neighbouring country India on its completion of 70-years of Independence while reiterating one should work hard towards the peace and stability while spreading the love across borders owing to the tolerance.
Referring for the truce between two countries, the celebrated cricketer Afridi batted for ‘humanity’ to prevail in the contemporary time while using the hash tag ‘Hope Not Out’ as India is celebrating the 70th Independence Day.
The 37-year-old Peshawar-born further stated there is ‘no way to change neighbours’ as he completely believes in harmony.
India-Pakistan celebrates the Independence Day in the space of a day to evoke the spirit of the patriotism by unfurling the respective flags and salute the heroes in multiple fields, as a mark of respect.
However, the programmes include the patriotic songs, speeches and the recalling of the memorable happenings on an auspicious day.
“Happy Independence Day India! No way to change neighbours, let’s work towards peace, tolerance and love. Let humanity prevail.# HopeNotOut,” Afridi tweeted.
It’s pertinent to mention Pakistan has celebrated the Independence Day on August 14 (Monday), as it has received the wishes from the sports fraternity across the globe.
Earlier, sharing the camaraderie, Afridi also thanked India skipper Virat Kohli for donating the MRF bat to the Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF), a global organization to help the poor and needy people. After Afridi announced his retirement in February earlier this year before Kohli gifted him a signed jersey as a token of love from the other side of the border.
“To Shahid Bhai, best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you,” the heartwarming message on jersey was written by Kohli.
All-rounder Afridi, who stepped away from Test cricket in 2010, and had already quit One-day International cricket after the 2015 World Cup. Following his retirement, Afridi has further denied the ‘farewell exit’ from PCB, while citing the personal commitments.
Interestingly, Afridi’s retirement announcements and U-turns from it remained a hot debate in the recent past including his age factor. Also known as ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi has played a significant role in Pakistan cricket in his 21-year-old elite-level career after bursting onto the scene in 1996.
Being a teenager, Afridi took the world by storm, after claiming 37-ball ODI century against Sri Lanka that further remained an unbeaten record for a period of 18 years.
Instrumental for Pakistan with the ball as well after Afridi opted for a leg-spin bowling. He bagged 540 wickets across all three formats of the game and registered 11,185 runs after he featured in 398 ODIs, 98 Twenty20 Internationals and 27 Tests.
This is how Twittersphere reacted after Shahid Afridi’s greets India on Independence Day:
Happy Independence Day India! No way to change neighbours, let's work towards peace, tolerance and love. Let humanity prevail.# HopeNotOut
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 14, 2017
thanx wishing u same..a lot of love frm INDIA..positiviti n humanity mst preveil..#IndependenceDayIndia
— SANDY (@Gupta98Sandip) August 15, 2017
Lala apna favourite hai .
— Kaustubh Kambli (@Kaustubh_K1991) August 14, 2017
Lala Kya baat Hai humne Sirf cricket k liye follow Kiya tha aap ko (India se). Lekin aaj maan b Gaye #happyindependenceday 🇮🇳🇵🇰
— Kishor pawar (@Cr1989Pawar) August 14, 2017
Thank you so much for the lovely wish
— whitE_DeVil (@genochristoper) August 14, 2017
Hatts of to shahid afridi ..Boom Boom 🙏🙏
— गरीब मजदूर (@dihadi_majdoor) August 14, 2017