For the uninitiated, St Moritz, Switzerland, that has hosted two Winter Olympic Games in 1928 and 1948 is now promoting tourism with some thrilling cricket. On February 8, a Twenty20 match was played in the ski resort of St Moritz with legends such as Australia’s Mike Hussey, Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar, Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene in attendance. The two teams — Palace Diamonds and Royals — were led by explosive Virender Sehwag and Boom Boom Afridi respectively.
Although the first reference to cricket appeared in the 13th century, the game only gained popularity in the 17th century, when English aristocrats started playing it. They decreed that cricket would be played in ‘a gentlemanly manner’, which means no sledging, cheating, bodyline bowling , temper tantrums or excessive appealing. If the batsman knew he was out, he should ‘walk’ even if the umpire decided otherwise.
If you needed any proof why cricket is called a gentleman’s game, it is this. Shahid Afridi just proved that you could be representing a specific country, but your respect does not have to be limited to it.
Boom Boom Afridi @SAfridiOfficial to Indian Fan "Flag Seedha Karo Na". Fantastic Gesture Champ. Not often you see such gestures and acts like these separate the ordinary from the extraordinary. Great Spirit Lala. pic.twitter.com/MQVJjkAfzy
— Prabhu 🏏 (@Cricprabhu) February 10, 2018
After the match when the legendary Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi was posing with cricket fans, an Indian fan with a folded tricolor asked him to pose with her for a photograph. An Indian fan holding the national flag wanted a picture with Shahid Afridi in Switzerland. The star cricketer requested her to straighten the flag before they could do so. This simple gesture by this awesome dude proved it only takes little things like this to show you’re a true gentleman.
Twitterati were quick to notice the kind gesture and hailed the all-rounder. His simple yet respectful gesture has won hearts on both sides of the border. Shahid Afridi just showed everyone that we all need to be better human beings before we can compete for the “better” patriot title.