The Angry Young Man of Indian Cricket - Gautam Gambhir!
Gambhir’s evening invitation "Shaam ko mil tujhe maroonga" for Manoj Tiwary was eagerly accepted with Tiwari retorting with "Shaam kya abhi bahar chal”.
The umpire, K Srinath, walked in uninvited as Gambhir moved towards Tiwary to hit him. The Bengal skipper too came charging at Gambhir. A livid Gambhir did not pay heed to Srinath's attempts at pacifying him and tried to get him out of the way.
Touching an umpire is a grave offence in cricket, which could invite a ban. The two players were summoned for a hearing after the day's play by Match Referee Valmick Buch but the quantum of punishment, if any, will only be known after the match ends. Meanwhile the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has docked 50% of Gautam Gambhir’s match fees for his flare-up with West Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary during a Ranji trophy match.
Gautam Gambhir has had a history of bad temperament on-field and has got into scuffles many a times in the past. Lets turn back the pages of history to Gambhir’s angry past.
Gambhir Vs Afridi: Ind vs Pak 2006 ODI Series
Shahid Afridi was bowling against Gautam Gambhir in 2006 series and things were going really tight, Gambhir ran into Afridi when he was running between wickets and things got heated and a few ‘colourful’ words were exchanged but thankfully umpires and captain intervened and kept Ghambir safe from a very angry Khan. As a result of the incident, the referee Roshan Mahanama fined both Afridi and Gambhir 95% and 65% of their match fees respectively.
Gambhir Vs Watson: Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2008
Next on our list is from the 2008 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. During the first day of the Delhi Test, Gambhir elbowed Watson while taking a second run during the 51st over. This happened after the two had verbal clashes earlier in the day. Gambhir, who claimed he had accidentally stuck his elbow, was charged with a level two offence and banned for one Test. Watson was fined 10% of his match fees. Gambhir scored a double-century during that innings.
Gambhir Vs Kamran Akmal: Asia Cup 2010
Ghambir has been known for losing his temper in cricket games and after Afridi incident he found himself again in some confrontation with Pakistan keeper Kamran Akmal. Again things got heated but thankfully common sense prevailed and things got back to normal.
Gambhir Vs Dravid: KKR Vs RR IPL May 2013
In the fifth over of the KKR innings, first Manvindra Bisla and Shane Watson started a verbal duel when the latter threaten to throw a ball back the batsman. Dravid tried to calm down Bisla but the stumper wanted him to cool off Watson first. Gambhir who was batting at the other end, also joined the heated discussion.
In the next over, when Gambhir was stumped by Dinesh Yagnik off Watson, it looked that Gautam exchanged some words with Dravid before walking off.
Gambhir Vs Kohli: KKR Vs RCB IPL May 2013
During a league match of the sixth edition of IPL between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, Gambhir and Virat Kohli hurled abuses at each other while charging towards each other after the latter's dismissal. This happened during the 10th over of RCB innings after was caught off Lakshmipathy Balaji for 35. KKR's Rajat Bhatia came in between and tried calming Gambhir down. The duo escaped with a warning.
Gambhir Vs Kohli: KKR Vs RCB IPL May 2015
During yet another game of IPL 2015, RCB defeated KKR by 7 wickets after the clash was reduced to 10-over per side due to heavy rain. Kohli, who is never known to hide his emotions, was pumped up as Mandeep Singh's heroics delivered a win for RCB on their home ground. And in the aftermath of victory, Kohli and Gambhir appeared to have had an argument on the ground. Though it was not as serious as in 2013 when Rajat Bhatia had to separate the clashing duo, there was ample time for media photographers to capture the moment.
Gambhir Vs Shardul: Ranji Trophy Cuttack 2015
Delhi lost to Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy 2014-15 quarterfinal at Cuttack. One of the highlights of the clash was the engrossing battle between pacer Shardul Thakur and Gambhir. Thakur was the in-form bowler and so Delhi chose to attack him while chasing 441. Led by their skipper, Delhi succeeded in removing him from the attack after scoring few boundaries off him but Thakur returned and trapped Gambhir for 34. Thakur then proceeded to let slip some words directed at the departing batsman, angered by the comments, Gambhir turned towards the bowler with a raised bat. Thakur was later reprimanded for his behaviour and fined 50% of his match fees. Gambhir walked scot-free.
What do you think of Gautam Gambhir's temprament?