Shikhar Dhawan (L) and Shahid Afridi © Getty Images
Shikhar Dhawan (L) and Shahid Afridi © Getty Images

After Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif and Kapil Dev, another Indian cricketer has joined the bandwagon of slamming Shahid Afridi for his controversial tweet on Kashmir.  Shikhar Dhawan, next to be seen in action during forthcoming IPL 2018, had an in-your-face reply to Pakistan’s former captain and all-rounder who had recently expressed his grief on bloodshed in “Indian Occupied Kashmir”.

Precap

Afridi had tweeted, ” Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination & independence. Wonder where is the @UN & other int bodies & why aren’t they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?

Afridi’s comment seemed needless, and irked many Indian cricketers. Dhawan, known for his larger-than-life and cool behaviour, couldn’t resist himself, and had this to say:

Kashmir has been the root cause of dispute and strained relationship between India and Pakistan since their respective independence in 1947 post the British Raj.

Author’s take

Apparently, Afridi has been in good terms with the current crop of Indian players. Nonetheless, his tweet has turned his friends into foes, and the Pakistan all-rounder is facing the wrath of his Indian counterparts. The Indian cricketers are following the path of the current government, and proving themselves to be pure DESH BHAKTS!

If Afridi gets some support from his countrymen over this issue, this will surely be on the news feed for few more days.