Despite their passionate argument on the field during the 2010 Asia Cup, Pakistan batsman Kamran Akmal has dismissed any notion of a rivalry between him and India’s Gautam Gambhir. Both players have never shied away from expressing their feelings, and they were involved in a quarrel a decade ago as a result of it.
Another incident involving Kamran Akmal was a similar one with fast bowler Ishant Sharma in Bengaluru in the 2012-2013 series, demonstrating the level of animosity that exists between Indian and Pakistani cricketers.
Gambhir has announced his retirement from international cricket and is presently a member of the expert opinions panel, although Kamran Akmal, who is 40 years old, has not yet announced his departure from the game. The wicketkeeper batter is currently competing in the ongoing Pakistan Super League with the Quetta Gladiators. However, he was forced to withdraw from the first few games after testing positive for Covid-19.
Gambhir is a very good human being: Kamran Akmal
During a recent interview posted in the Legends League Cricket Instagram account, Kamran Akmal disclosed his friendship with Gambhir, describing the latter as a ‘nice guy.” He went on to say that he had no personal animosity against Gambhir, Harbhajan, or Ishant and that the incident occurred in the heat of the moment and was not intentional.
“I don’t believe I have any kind of rivalry with any of them. It occurred as a result of a miscommunication. During the Asia Cup, I had a dispute with Gautam. He is a wonderful guy, and he is also a brilliant cricketer. We’ve had a lot of fun playing with the A-team. As a result, there is no competition. There is absolutely nothing,” Kamran Akmal said on the Legends League Cricket (LLC) Instagram account.
“I have no rivalry with anybody, not even with Ishant Sharma. Whatever transpired in Bengaluru,” he continued.
Since making his international debut in 2002, Kamran has played in 53 Tests, 157 One-Day Internationals, and 58 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan, and he has scored a significant number of valuable runs.
He has amassed a total of 11 international centuries to date and last represented his country in 2017. He has been in excellent form in the PSL 2021 and has been anticipating a call-up to the national team soon. On October 23, the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the T20 World Cup 2022, which will include a rematch between India and Pakistan.