Since former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi broke the news of his positive diagnosis of COVID-19, Twitterverse was divided into two halves.
While some wished a speedy recovery to the legendary cricketer, others registered their sadistic views, mocking Afridi post-diagnosis of COVID-19.
Earlier, Afridi received a substantial amount of flak for his inflammatory speech in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). During his address to the civilians as well as military personnel, Afridi used derogatory words to describe Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Afridi tagged Modi as a graver danger than the coronavirus. However, the cricketing fraternity in India slammed Afridi for his comments through scathing tweets.
The ex-Pakistani allrounder took to Twitter to break the news of his COVID-19 diagnosis, “I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately, I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” Afridi tweeted.
I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah #COVID19 #pandemic #hopenotout #staysafe #stayhome
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 13, 2020
Further, Aakash Chopra shared a screenshot of the headline of a video on YouTube which read “Shahid Afridi punished for his misdeeds,” in Hindi.
Are we serious?? Sensitivity…humanity…thing of the past?? Wish you a speedy recovery, Shahid. May the force be with you 🙌 pic.twitter.com/RlBBi5zBzs
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 14, 2020
To which, an appalled Chopra tweeted, “Are we serious?? Sensitivity…humanity…thing of the past?? Wish you a speedy recovery, Shahid. May the force be with you,” questioning the lack of empathy of the hate-mongers.
Apart from Chopra, the likes of Herschelle Gibbs, his arch-rival Gautam Gambhir, and the entire cricketing fraternity in Pakistan, took to Twitter, wishing a speedy recovery to Afridi.
“Nobody should be infected with this virus. I have political differences with Shahid Afridi but I want him to recover as soon as possible. But more than Afridi I want every person infected in my country to get well as soon as possible,” said Gambhir on India Today’s Salaam Cricket 2020.