Sparks are bound to fly when India and Pakistan play. They flew on Tuesday, too, with Ishant Sharma and Kamran Akmal getting into a heated argument out in the middle. The two were almost at each other before other players and the umpires forced them apart.
Ishant, struggling without wickets this season, beat Kamran before the two players erupted, wagging their finger at each other. Ishant seemed particularly incensed and continued to point at Kamran.
The skippers from both the sides however played down the incident. "It happened because of some misunderstanding between the two. The bowler said something else and the batsman understood something else. Ishant had not abused him. We will try to keep this in check," said MS Dhoni.
Mohammad Hafeez sounded even more disinterested. "We finished the issue on the ground itself. We just want to focus on the game," he said. The two got into an argument when Kamran Akmal was declared not out after he was caught off Ishant, and was beaten on the next ball by Ishant again.
All looked good, at least on the surface, as Ishant and Akmal had a chat with each other at the end of the game and patted each other on the back. Apart from the argument between the two, Gautam Gambhir and Mohammad Irfan too shared some glare at the start.
With both captains stressing the need to play in the spirit of the game, this incident was certainly not good PR.
This is not the first time India and Pakistan players have gone after each other on the field. While friendly ribbing is the norm as both speak pretty much the same language it has gone out of hand, almost, at the same venue.
At the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal, Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail was on song in a chase until he lost his focus, pointing out to Venkatesh Prasad where he had hit him for four. The local paceman bowled him next delivery to trigger a batting collapse that ended in an emotional win for India.