Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir nearly came to blows with his opposite number Manoj Tiwary and even pushed the umpire at a Ranji trophy match with Bengal at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Saturday.
Gambhir, who was standing in the slips ,went charging towards Tiwary who was at the crease and then pushed umpire K Srinath who tried to come in between. Pushing the umpire is a grave offence in cricket, and could invite a ban.
The incident happened in the eighth over after Partha Sarathi Bhattacharjee got out of Manan Sharma’s bowling and Tiwary came in to bat at No. 4 wearing a cap.
Tiwary took guard and settled down to take strike before signalling to the dressing room to bring his helmet as a pacer was operating from the other end.
The Delhi players felt that it was a deliberate time wasting tactic and Manan exchanged angry words with the Bengal skipper.
All of a sudden, Gambhir, at first slip, got into the action and started abusing Tiwary, who then retaliated.
Suddenly all hell broke loose as Gambhir said: “Shaam ko mil tujhe maroonga (Meet me in the evening, I will hit you). And Tiwary retorted, saying: “Shaam kya abhi bahar chal (Why wait till evening, let’s go out and settle it now”).
Gambhir charged towards Tiwary with his fists raised, but the batsman was in no mood to back down. Umpire Srinath who was at the bowler’s end came sprinting to prevent a fight, but Gambhir tried to push him away.
Manoj was then seen shouting at Gambhir, saying: “Did I tell you anything? Why did you have to come in between.” Both Tiwary and Gambhir will be summoned by the match referee Valmick Buch.