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Players let off, injury scare for Viru

A few on-field incidents on Saturday had cast a shadow on three Indian players. Virender Sehwag was seen hobbling, grabbing his back, while his opening partner Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh were involved in verbal jousts with Pakistani players.

cricket Updated: Jun 20, 2010 23:35 IST
HT Correspondent

As the dust settled down at the Rangiri Dambulla after a tense India-Pakistan match, the Indian players spent a lazy afternoon on Sunday. A few on-field incidents on Saturday had cast a shadow on three Indian players. Virender Sehwag was seen hobbling, grabbing his back, while his opening partner Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh were involved in verbal jousts with Pakistani players.

It was learnt on Sunday that Sehwag had suffered a side strain and team manager Ranjib Biswal told HT: “Sehwag is being taken care of by physio Nitin Patel. It’s more of a side strain and we will take a call on his fitness tomorrow afternoon.”

Four players — Gambhir, Harbhajan, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Akhtar — were summoned by match referee Andy Pycroft on Saturday.

Akmal gave Gambhir an earful after a caught behind decision off Saeed Ajmal was turned down in the 35th over and the on-field umpires had to intervene to separate the two. Harbhajan, too, had a heated exchange with Akhtar towards the end of the match. But Biswal said: “The four were summoned, but they were let off after a chat. He didn’t charge anyone of them.”