Mumbai, Apr 7 : Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty is angry over Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi's comments about India and Indians.Afridi had accused India of being a bad host and had said that Indians don't have a large heart.
Suniel Shetty, who was present during the Mohali encounter, and saw firsthand what Indians did for the people from across the border, has harsh words for Afridi, reports Times of India.
Says Shetty: “Afridi is a coward. Before making angry comments he should ask his brother what all Indians did for him. His brother was constantly with us bonding and chatting throughout the match in Mohali.
"We made sure he, his girlfriend, other friends and relatives who were in the stadium, didn't feel left out. We looked after them and made them feel at home.
"I think we were really sensitive to them as well as all the other Pakistanis who came to see the match in Punjab.
"If Afridi had issues, he should have opened his mouth here. Why say things after going back home? Clearly, he wants to divert attention of his team's loss to India by stoking the tension that the two countries historically have."This is really cheap, given that both the countries and its people want peace. A captain of a national team should be a responsible man.”
He adds, “Pakistan played awesome cricket through the tournament and Afridi's rant has just taken away all that from our minds. His statements are not true. I saw how people on the streets welcomed Pakistanis and had meals with them.
"When the Pakistani premier and his janta of reporters wanted to see the match from the stands, we made sure that they got space. We crunched and stood but made sure that they had the best view.
"Afridi should ask Shoaib Akhtar about the adulation he got. People, including me, went up to him, hugged him and said that they will miss him because it was his last international match. Afridi should concentrate on his cricket and play a little better next time to get the spotlight.
"He should do a poll with the people who came to India and ask them about India's hospitality before shooting his mouth off. I have lost respect for him and I am not afraid to say this — maybe in front of entire India.”