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Nobody in Indian team takes Afridi seriously: Virat Kohli's coach

Sharma stated that the former all-rounder was making a move towards politics which is why he made the remarks

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India’s captain Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma lashed out at Pakistan’s legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi, after the latter’s remarks on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kashmir sparked outrage in India.

Sharma claimed that nobody in the Indian cricket team took Afridi seriously.

“Nobody in Indian cricket team takes him seriously. He was not even taken seriously when he was playing cricket. And he doesn’t deserve to because talking like this is not acceptable at any stage. Indian cricketers are sober and they don’t talk like this,” Sharma was quoted as saying by Republic TV.

“They stand for their country but never abuse any other country or their PM. I think Shahid Afridi needs to learn a lot. He is a very negative sort of guy. Virat Kohli never talks about Shahid he is not that important that he should be talked about,” he added.

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Kohli’s former coach stated that the former all-rounder was making a move towards politics which is why he made the remarks.

“I think Afridi wants to come in politics. Whosoever criticises or abuses India becomes famous in Pakistan. It is their mentality.  Shahid Afridi is moving in that direction. I don’t think anybody will take him seriously from now on,” he said.

Earlier, a video went viral on the social media in which Afridi could be seen making comments against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for the abrogation of Article 370 from Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

"Modi deployed 7 lakh soldiers in Kashmir, same as the total strength of Pakistani forces,” said Afridi. "I am in your beautiful village, I am very delighted. I was planning to visit you all for a long time. The world is currently infected by such a big disease. But the bigger disease is in Modi's mind.”