Dhoni vs Mustafizur not the only incident when sportsmanship went for a toss
What originated as a ‘gentleman’s game’ in 16th century England has undergone a major change in the last few decades. There are players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, who spent their entire careers adhering to the rules of the 'old-world', but many others ended up giving in to their anger.cricket Updated: Jun 20, 2015 20:58 IST
What originated as a ‘gentleman’s game’ in 16th century England has undergone a major change in the last few decades. There are players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, who spent their entire careers adhering to the rules of the 'old-world', but many others ended up giving in to their anger.
Not only do such incidents amuse cricket-lovers, the players involved also etch their names in the record books as the 'bad boys'. The recent incident involving MS Dhoni and Mustafizur Rahman during the ODI between India and Bangladesh didn't turn ugly, but both sides are pretty worked up and are blaming the other.
If such tensions prevail an India-Bangladesh match, wonder what must be going through the players' minds when India faces it's arch-rival Pakistan.
Here is a roundup of some infamous ‘sledging’ incidents from the biggest India-Pakistan cricket matches.
1. ‘Bhajji’ vs The Rawalpindi Express
Shoaib Akhtar aka The Rawalpindi Express has always worn his heart on his sleeve and had a tendency of losing his cool during a game. Harbhajan Singh was at the receiving end after he hit Akhtar for a six during a particularly tense Asia Cup run chase. Akhtar, as expected, gave him a piece of his mind using language which can be called unparliamentary at best.
Instead of getting derailed, Bhajji decided to step up a notch and took India to the brink of victory, directing angry shouts at Akhtar througout.
2. Gautam Gambhir vs Shahid Afridi
The fact that India and Pakistan are facing each other in a cricketing encounter is reason enough for everyone to get a little more worked up than usual.
This incident took place when Pakistan visited India for an ODI series in 2007.
Gambhir was struggling a bit in the middle and Pakistani players were trying to take advantage of this by taunting him. Things reached another level when Gambhir tried to steal a single and ended up colliding with Afridi (possibly on purpose). That is when all hell broke lose – a volley of filth, both in Hindi and Urdu, was exchanged. Things spiraled out of control and the umpire was forced to intervene.
3. Venkatesh Prasad vs Amir Sohail
This is how theatrical ‘sledging’ can become – Pakistan was sailing even while chasing a stiff target of 289 in the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal. The Indian supporters at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy stadium had descended into an eerie silence as Sohail's bat did all the talking. Sohail was smashing boundaries all around the park.
He then turned to Prasad and pointed to a position where he suggested the Indians should set a fielder. Talk about the thin line between confidence and arrogance!
What happened next? Prasad bowled an off-cutter and Sohail went for a wild heave. He missed the line of the ball completely and it crashed into the stumps. Prasad ran down the pitch to give Sohail a send-off.
4. Inzamam ul Haq vs the crowd
It isn’t just the on-field players who lose their wit in the adrenaline rush of the game. Sometimes, the crowd itself can turn unruly.
Inzamam-ul-Haq or the Sleeping Giant as he was referred to back in the day, was at the receiving end of some crowd-sledging while fielding during a Sahara Cup match in 1997.
A spectator picked up the microphone and started shouting “AALU AALU!!” That was enough to wake up the sleeping giant who grabbed a bat and rushed to the offendor and gave him a thwack!
5. Kiran More vs Javed Miandad
This is probably the most famous as well most theatrical Indo-Pak sledging incident ever. It was the 1992 World Cup and the match was headed to a nail-biting finish, with the stress levels on both sides extremely high.
At one point during the match, Miandad stopped a young Tendulkar right as he was about to deliver a ball. This didn't go down well with Kiran More. After the next ball, Miandad hoisted his bat in the air and started doing frog leaps on the pitch in order to mock Kiran More's atyle of appealing.
Here's a bonus video by AIB which amply shows the funny side of cricket.
First Published: Jun 20, 2015 11:46 IST