Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir was on Saturday docked 70% of his match fee while his Bengal counterpart Manoj Tiwary copped a penalty of 40% for an ugly on-field altercation during the third day of the Ranji Trophy match between the two teams.
“The match referee (Valmik Buch) called me and informed that Manoj has been docked 40% of his match fees as he also got into the argument. The match referee told me that rules specify that he will have to fine Manoj. Gautam Gambhir has been penalised 70% of his match fees. There is no further hearing and no match ban has been imposed on either of them,” Bengal team manager Sameer Dasgupta told PTI.
The players were penalised after they exchanged angry words and nearly came to blows while the Bengal second innings was in progress. Reports also said Gambhir pushed umpire K Srinath when he tried to intervene, but the former India player denied this.
The incident happened in the eighth over when Tiwary came into bat wearing a cap at the fall of the second wicket. Just before taking strike he stopped the bowler Manan Sharma and signalled to the dressing room to send him a helmet.
Thinking he was deliberately wasting time, Sharma got into a verbal slugfest with Tiwary, at which point Gambhir standing at first slip jumped in and threatened to beat up the Bengal skipper.
Challenged Tiwary to a fight?
Gambhir said: “Shaam ko mil tujhe maroonga (Meet me in the evening, I will hit you). And Tiwary retorted: “Shaam ko kya, abhi bahar chal (Why wait till evening, let’s go out and settle it now”).
Gambhir charged towards Tiwary with his fists raised and when umpire Srinath intervened, reportedly pushed him away.
“At no point did I threaten or push any on-field umpires. Nor did I threaten to beat Manoj up. Infact, I attended match referee’s hearing post the day’s play where he accepted that he doesn’t have any video evidence of me pushing the umpire, “ Gambhir said later in a statement.
He also claimed that the match referee told him there was video evidence on Tiwary pushing Delhi bowler Pradeep Sangwan.
‘Gambhir crossed all limits’
The Bengal skipper, however, alleged that it was Gambhir who had crossed all limits and made personal comments against him.
“Everyone saw I was not the first one to react. He tried to hit me but could not. He pushed the umpire who came in between. It’s there in the video, you all have seen it,” Tiwary told ANI.
Gambhir, an Arjuna award recepient who has played 54 tests and 147 onedayers for India, has a history of poor onfield behaviour in domestic and international matches.
Bad boy on the field
In the 2013 Indian Premier League, Gambhir captaining Kolkata Knight Riders got into a verbal slugfest with another Dekhi lad Virat Kohli who was playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In the 2008 Delhi test he was charged with a level 2 offence for elbowing Australian allrounder Shane Watson while attempting a single.
A year earlier, at a test in Kanpur, he got into an ugly spat after he collided Pakistani allrounder Shahid Afridi while taking a quick single.
With inputs from agencies