Cricket is considered to be a gentlemen's game but the sport has turned ugly due to the behaviors of the gentlemen themselves.
Cricket is considered a gentlemen’s game but there are times when the sport has turned ugly due to the behaviour of the gentlemen themselves.
SAMAA Digital recalls some of the ugliest moments in cricket.
Australia’s Dennis Lillee kicked Pakistan’s Javed Miandad during a test match in 1981. The Pakistani batsman did not take that well and almost hit the fast bowler with his bat. Other players and the on-field umpires managed to calm the two players before they could lock horns with each other.
“Rawalpindi Express” Shoaib Akhtar maybe the fastest bowler in the world but he was also known for his short temper. He hit fast bowling partner Mohammad Asif during a practice session. Akhtar claimed that he was provoked by Asif’s remarks. The express pacer was sent home from the team camp following the incident.
During a Pak-India encounter in Toronto in 1997, an Indian fan started body-shaming the Pakistani batsman. This infuriated Inzamam, who entered the stands and started to attack the person who abused him. The match was stopped for 40 minutes and two people were arrested.
Melbourne Renegades’ Marlon Samuels grabbed hold of Melbourne Stars batsman David Hussey’s shirt who was looking to take a second run during a 2013 Big Bash League game. Warne did not take it well and started abusing the West Indies cricketer. The Australian spinner threw the ball that hit Samuels in the chest area. This enraged the Renegades’ batsman who threw his bat in Warne’s direction but missed him. Warne was banned for a game and fined AUS$4,500 for his behaviour.
Spinner Harbhajan Singh, who played for the Mumbai Indians in the first edition of Indian Premier League back in 2008, slapped Kings XI Punjab pacer Shanthakumaran Sreeesanth after his side lost three consecutive games in the first edition of the tournament. The fast bowler had said “Hard Luck” to the spinner which infuriated him. Singh was banned from the rest of the tournament and was handed a five-ODI ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
India’s Gautam Gambhir ran into Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi while he was taking a run during a one-day game in 2007. They used ‘inappropriate’ language against each and nearly started fighting before the umpire gained control of the situation.
During a test match in 2003, Glenn McGrath of Australia used derogatory language towards West Indies’ Ramnaresh Sarwan. The Caribbean batsman, in return, used said something about the Australian bowler’s ailing wife. McGrath, infuriated by what he had heard, said that he would rip Sarwan’s throat out.
During the 1992 World Cup, India’s Kiran More was continuously talking behind the stumps during the match against Pakistan. This severely agitated Javed Miandad. He started to jump on the field to mock More’s style.
Curtly Ambrose of the West Indies nearly fought with Australia’s Steve Waugh who had reportedly bad-mouthed him during a test match in 1995. Ambrose charged at Waugh after finally having enough of his remarks.
A brawl broke out between Bermudan cricketers Jason Anderson and George O’Brien during a club game. The fight was so intense that the Bermuda Cricket Board handed Anderson a life ban from cricket.