Shaheen Afridi and Sarfaraz Ahmed's 'clash' on the pitch has been resolved with mutual respect and wishing each other the best and Twitter can finally rest. The two took to social media to publicly move beyond the on-field misunderstanding, a common sight in sports and competition in general.
Earlier this week, during a PSL game between the Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators, former captain Ahmed and pacer Afridi found themselves at odds. Afridi's fiery bouncer hit Ahmed's helmet and the two had a high tempered exchange at the non-striker's end. Following the incident, a debate began on social media about respect.
Some believed Afridi had nothing to be sorry for, as his delivery was a perfectly legal one and an important one in a fast bowler's handbook. Others argued that whether the delivery was legal or not, the 21-year-old should have been more respectful to his senior and once captain.
Taking to social media on Thursday, Afridi called Ahmed the pride of Pakistan, saying, "He was and will always remain a captain for me." And about the incident he added, "Whatever happened in the game that day was heat of the moment."
Reflecting on his behaviour, he said, "I should have stayed quiet in respect of him". He said he always respects his senior and wished Ahmed the best of luck.
Ahmed received the tweet with an open heart, saying, "It’s all good bro. Whatever happened on the field it should stay on the field."
Calling Afridi a "star of Pakistan," Ahmed said he was like a younger brother to him and wished him the best as well.
We're glad that all is well and this heartwarming exchange is definitely reassuring. With social media as loud as ever, it has demonstrated its ability to spread hate and create differences that weren't there and it's reassuring to see the two moving beyond all the chatter and settling their minute differences the way they should in a competition.