Kohli has always been incredibly gentlemanly with Pakistani cricketers, and his kindness has been evoked many a time, be it always up for a quick photo with Pakistani cricketers’ little ones, or with banter with Shoaib Malik…and even giving a shirt to Afridi on one occasion.
Virat Kohli and Shahid Afridi ‘s budding friendship has transcended time
Their interactions, both, on and off the pitch, are incredibly heartwarming.
In a recent testimony to their sturdy friendship, Kohli sent over a signed bat to Afridi’s Foundation for the underprivileged
Afridi took to Twitter to express his gratitude at such a lovely gesture. The bat will be auctioned off in bid to raise money for the Thar hospital, which Shahid Afridi’s Foundation will be collectively building with Engro.
Thank you @imVkohli for your kind gesture in support of @SAFoundationN. Friends & supporters like you ensure #HopeNotOut for everyone pic.twitter.com/T6z7F2OYLb
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 1, 2017
Kohli quickly responded to ‘Shahid bhai‘ and heartily wished Afridi the utmost best
You're most welcome Shahid Bhai.. Wishing you and the @SAFoundationN all the luck for the upcoming events. ☺️ #HopeNotOut https://t.co/Rv1NNPJGC5
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 1, 2017
Indian and Pakistani fans coalesced to reply to this heartfelt gesture
This MADE MY DAY! How you both connect with each other is sheer example of friendship between two countries which considered to be rivals.
— Mubeeeen ? (@Shaddddyyyy) August 1, 2017
God bless you my champ❤ and best of luck for next match.. keep making us proud??
— Veeekayyy's Lover? (@ViratsHeroine) August 1, 2017
You're damn sweet Love From Pakistan ??
— DISCO 10M+ (@NisaRizwan) August 1, 2017
With a few making valid points, we want a selfie
Take a selfie together ?
— Maryam (@peaceitall) August 1, 2017
With Pakistanis thanking the humble Indian player
Thankyou virat kohli , the best batman in the world right now
— awais anjum (@awaisanjum55) August 1, 2017
Thanks champ… love & respect from Pakistan
— #PakistanZindabad (@mshah3434) August 1, 2017
Virat you are really great man.
The most of Pakistani love with you.
— امیر سخن (@AmeerSukhan9002) August 1, 2017
Fans also poured their adoration under Afridi’s tweet
Amir said it right that Virat Kohli is very kind off the field
— Khawaja Abaid Ullah (@KhawajaAbaid) August 1, 2017
Legend know how to respect another legend ???????????????
Doing great job ?????
— ❤️Kinza❤️Afridian❤️ (@Kinza_Afridi10) August 1, 2017
Including Indian fans who took this opportunity to express their appreciation of Afridi too
This is called sportsman spirit from both the great. I am an Indian but loved Afridi bhai since childhood ?
— sourav pal (@spcalling) August 1, 2017
It was a moment of clear clarity amidst the piling tension that always manages to suffocate ties with both countries
Great gesture from Virat kohli ❤️ Champ on & off the field! Respect from Pakistan ??
— ⚔Anser (@AnsarHero) August 1, 2017
What did you think of this lovely gesture between the two legends?