India Vs Australia – The Bitter Incidents Of Cricket

Whenever a team flies to India down under, the sparks set off between not only bats and balls but players as well and the mighty Aussies which

Whenever a team flies to India down under, the sparks set off between not only bats and balls but players as well and the mighty Aussies which are already in the country to play a four-test match series, are known for their belligerent stance on the field.

There have many face-offs between India and Australia whenever they play with each other. While Australia is known for getting under the skin of opposition players, some fireworks can be expected this time too.

However, in the recent times, India has chosen to reply with the performance with either bat or ball instead getting into verbal spats, but as they say that Cricket is the game of uncertainty, we might see some sledges and niggle here and there.

The test series between India and Australia is set to start from February 23 in Pune and just before that, here are some infamous incidents which have taken place over the years between the two sides.

Adamant Little Master
Melbourne, 1981 – Sunny Gavaskar playing on 70 and was given LBW to a Dennis Lillee bowl. But, the Little Master decided not to leave the field as he was adamant that the ball has made connection with the bat first.

However, he at last decided to leave the crease shaking his head in denial. He then asked his fellow partner Chetan Chauhan to come with him and both started walking towards boundary.

It was Indian Manager Shahid Durrani who intervened immediately and convinced Chauhan to stay at the crease as had he have left the ground, India would have lost the match.

Years after the incident, Gavaskar still says that he regretted his behaviour, but the incident still shakes up some bitter memories between the two teams.

Master Blaster Given ‘Shoulder’ Before Wicket Out
Adelaide, 1999 –  Indian fans were left screaming after Sachin Tendulkar was given ‘Shoulder’ Before Wicket out instead of Leg Before Wicket by Daryl Harper when he attempted to duck a Glenn McGrath bouncer only to get hit on shoulder. While some replays suggested the top of stumps getting clipped, most were inconclusive and the Media went apoplectic.

But the Master Blaster chose not to make a big fuss and buried the incident by just saying the decision disappointing.

The memories are still alive in hearts of many Indians who know what the price of Tendulkar’s wicket was in 1999.

Prince of Kolkata Keeps Steve Waugh Waiting
Australia Tour Of India, 2001 – The Prince of Kolkata Saurav Ganguly just went a bit too much ahead with this incident for Aussies as he turn up late for the toss many times. His counterpart Steve Waugh was so furious that he accused Saurav of having ‘lack of respect’.

Waugh wrote in his autobiography that he was “wound up” by the left-handed batsman’s “continued petulance”. Ganguly, nicknamed the Prince of Kolkata for the air of superiority that he carried on and off the field, initially maintained that his tardiness had been a mistake.

Years later, though, he revealed that he had turned up a few minutes late on purpose each time to teach the Aussies a lesson for their rude behaviour.

The MonkeyGate Opens
Sydney Test, 2008 – The New Year Test in Sydney went on to become the most infamous point in India-Australia cricket relations. With tempers frayed because of a string of questionable umpiring decisions and on-field altercations, the “Monkeygate” scandal erupted — almost causing the tour to be called off.

Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds accused spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a “monkey”. Singh, who denied any wrong-doing, was suspended for three matches for the alleged racist slur. The ban was overturned when India threatened to quit the tour, claiming Singh had been wrongly accused.

The allegations prompted India captain Anil Kumble to say that only one team was playing with the spirit of the game. Australia won the match and went on to take the series 2-1.

Kohli Takes On Sydney Crowd
Sydney Test 2012 – Four years after “Monkeygate” came “Fingergate” when a young and angry Virat Kohli let the rowdy Sydney Test crowd get to him. Kohli was fielding in the deep when he was on the receiving end of some unpleasant chants from the famously vocal fans and responded by flashing the middle finger.

It was caught on camera and Kohli, now captain, was fined 50 percent of his match fee for bringing the game into disrepute.

He later defended his response on Twitter: “I agree cricketers don’t have to retaliate. what (sic) when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister. the worst I’ve heard.”

are already in the country to play a four-test match series, are known for their belligerent stance on the field.

There have many face-offs between India and Australia whenever they play with each other. While Australia is known for getting under the skin of opposition players, some fireworks can be expected this time too.

However, in the recent times, India has chosen to reply with the performance with either bat or ball instead getting into verbal spats, but as they say that Cricket is the game of uncertainty, we might see some sledges and niggle here and there.

The test series between India and Australia is set to start from February 23 in Pune and just before that, here are some infamous incidents which have taken place over the years between the two sides.

Adamant Little Master

Melbourne, 1981 – Sunny Gavaskar playing on 70 and was given LBW to a Dennis Lillee bowl. But, the Little Master decided not to leave the field as he was adamant that the ball has made connection with the bat first.

However, he at last decided to leave the crease shaking his head in denial. He then asked his fellow partner Chetan Chauhan to come with him and both started walking towards boundary.

It was Indian Manager Shahid Durrani who intervened immediately and convinced Chauhan to stay at the crease as had he have left the ground, India would have lost the match.

Years after the incident, Gavaskar still says that he regretted his behaviour, but the incident still shakes up some bitter memories between the two teams.

Master Blaster Given ‘Shoulder’ Before Wicket Out

Adelaide, 1999 –  Indian fans were left screaming after Sachin Tendulkar was given ‘Shoulder’ Before Wicket out instead of Leg Before Wicket by Daryl Harper when he attempted to duck a Glenn McGrath bouncer only to get hit on shoulder. While some replays suggested the top of stumps getting clipped, most were inconclusive and the Media went apoplectic.

But the Master Blaster chose not to make a big fuss and buried the incident by just saying the decision disappointing.

The memories are still alive in hearts of many Indians who know what the price of Tendulkar’s wicket was in 1999.

Prince of Kolkata Keeps Steve Waugh Waiting

Australia Tour Of India, 2001 – The Prince of Kolkata Saurav Ganguly just went a bit too much ahead with this incident for Aussies as he turn up late for the toss many times. His counterpart Steve Waugh was so furious that he accused Saurav of having ‘lack of respect’.

Waugh wrote in his autobiography that he was “wound up” by the left-handed batsman’s “continued petulance”. Ganguly, nicknamed the Prince of Kolkata for the air of superiority that he carried on and off the field, initially maintained that his tardiness had been a mistake.

Years later, though, he revealed that he had turned up a few minutes late on purpose each time to teach the Aussies a lesson for their rude behaviour.

The MonkeyGate Opens

Sydney Test, 2008 – The New Year Test in Sydney went on to become the most infamous point in India-Australia cricket relations. With tempers frayed because of a string of questionable umpiring decisions and on-field altercations, the “Monkeygate” scandal erupted — almost causing the tour to be called off.

Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds accused spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a “monkey”. Singh, who denied any wrong-doing, was suspended for three matches for the alleged racist slur. The ban was overturned when India threatened to quit the tour, claiming Singh had been wrongly accused.

The allegations prompted India captain Anil Kumble to say that only one team was playing with the spirit of the game. Australia won the match and went on to take the series 2-1.

Kohli Takes On Sydney Crowd

Sydney Test 2012 – Four years after “Monkeygate” came “Fingergate” when a young and angry Virat Kohli let the rowdy Sydney Test crowd get to him. Kohli was fielding in the deep when he was on the receiving end of some unpleasant chants from the famously vocal fans and responded by flashing the middle finger.

It was caught on camera and Kohli, now captain, was fined 50 percent of his match fee for bringing the game into disrepute.

He later defended his response on Twitter: “I agree cricketers don’t have to retaliate. what (sic) when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister. the worst I’ve heard.”

Source by timesnow….