Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar said he enjoyed Shoaib Akhtar’s response to his comment on the chances of India-Pakistan bilateral series during his chat with former batsman Ramiz Raja.
Sunil Gavaskar said Shoaib Akhtar’s reply to his ‘snowfall in Lahore’ comment shows that the former Pakistan pacer is someone with a good sense of humour.
“Requests keep coming in to join with them (former cricketers) to relive the old times and talk about how time is spent in the current self containment situation. It’s not easy which ones to accept and which to reject. I enjoyed the one I did with Ramiz Raja as we get along very well but what I enjoyed even more was Shoiab Akhtar’s superb comeback about my snowfall in Lahore comment. A fast bowler with a sense of humour. Wow, love that!,” Sunil Gavaskar was quoted as saying by mid-day.
Gavaskar’s praise comes after Akhtar took to social media to respond to the former’s comment on his proposal for India-Pakistan bilateral series. Akhtar had said India and Pakistan should play a 3-match ODI series to help raise funds for Covid-19 relief.
Gavaskar said that there are more chances of snowfall in Lahore than a bilateral series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in near future. Gavaskar said this while speaking to former Pakistan batsman Rameez Raja on his youtube channel.
“There are more chances of snowfall in Lahore than bilateral series between India and Pakistan, ” Gavaskar had said.
“Both teams will keep on meeting in World Cups and ICC tournaments, but a series between them seem unlikely right now.”
Shoaib Akhtar in response said: “Well Sunny bhai, we did have a snowfall in Lahore last year 🙂 So nothing is impossible.”
Well Sunny bhai, we did have a snowfall in Lahore last year 🙂
So nothing is impossible. pic.twitter.com/CwbEGBc45N
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) April 14, 2020
Akhtar clarifies India-Pakistan series proposal
Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar’s former teammate and World Cup-winning India captain Kapil Dev also rubbished Akhtar’s proposal for a bilateral series between India and Pakistan, saying ‘India doesn’t need the money’ and it is not worth risking lives for a cricket match.
Akthar, in an interview to AajTak, clarified his proposal and responded to Kapil Dev’s criticism of his comment.
“I don’t think Kapil bhai understood what I was trying to say. Everyone is going to be trapped economically. This is the time to put our heads together and generate revenues. The global audience would be hooked by a match. Kapil said he doesn’t need the money and he surely doesn’t. But everyone else does. I think this suggestion will come into consideration soon,” Akhtar told Vikrant Gupta – Senior Executive Editor, Aaj Tak.