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Five Instances where Cricketers Abused their Opponents

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Sledging is one of the common terms used in modern cricketing. This practice gives an advantage to the player on the field by insulting the opponent verbally. There is a fine line between banter and abuse. Here are a few instances when some players just crossed their line.

1.Jos Buttler Verbally Attacking Vernon Philander in the Last Test Series

This is one of the recent incidents that happened in the test series. The current vice president of the England cricket team, Jos Buttler, is a dedicated cricketer revolving around the world of cricket. In December 2019, during the test series in Cape Town, South Africa was batting under pressure against England. Vernon Philander, who was sporting his last test series, hit the ball to extra cover where England team captain, Joe Root was in position.

Root threw the ball to the wicketkeeper, Jos Buttler. Unfortunately, Philander was standing in between the throw. Even though the ball landed in Buttler’s gloves, the keeper yelled at Philander, “You need to f*****g move.” Buttler did not stop there as it also continued with few more harsh words. The South African stayed calm staring. Unfortunately, everything Buttler uttered was heard on the stump mic.

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2.  Virat Kohli Sledging Rubel Hossain in World Cup 2011

Virat Kohli is known for his aggressiveness and there is a separate fan base that goes crazy when Virat sledges on the field. People who have seen him over these years would clearly tell that he has toned himself down.

This incident happened in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, in a match against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Darka. India was waiting for a comeback after being knocked out by Bangladesh in the last edition 2007.

The Bangladesh cricketer, Rubel Hossain was trying hard to get on Kohli’s nerves. Kohli defended one of his balls and Rubel gave a stare at Kohli.

The Delhi boy did not like it and instead abused him to get back to bowling. Virat scored a brilliant century off 83 balls in that match and India won the match by 87 runs. To everyone’s notice, it was Kohli’s first World cup match.

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3.Shahid Afridi Vs Gautam Gambhir – A Cold War

Gautam, just like Virat is from Delhi with the same aggressive nature. This happened during an ODI match between India and Pakistan in Kanpur.

When India was batting, Gambhir was trying to develop some momentum with Yuvraj Singh. When running in-between the wickets, Gambhir collided with Afridi. Though the players didn’t hurt each other, Afridi did not take this up lightly.

Afridi said something to Gambhir which in turn made the batsman furious. Both of them abused each other in Hindi until the umpire intervened.

4.  Ricky Ponting Abusing Sachin Tendulkar

Travelling back in time, Ricky Ponting was “The” captain who would do anything to make his team win. He surely did a great job as a captain but at times went a little extra for attaining victory. One such incident occurred during the DLF Cup Tri-Series 2006-2007 in Malaysia between India and Australia. Both the teams were playing hard as the winner of this game would be headed to the finals. Team Australia scored 213 for all out.

Sachin Tendulkar pairing up with Virender Sehwag was the opening batsmen. In the third over of the match, McGrath bowled a bouncer to Sachin which landed straight into Brad Haddin’s gloves. On appeal, Sachin was given out.

As Sachin walked out of the stadium, the third umpire noticed that the ball bounced touching Sachin’s shoulders and didn’t involve the bat. The decision was changed and the master blaster was asked to return to the stadium which Ponting did not like. He said a few things to the umpire and as Tendulkar walked in, Ponting started to abuse him as well. India lost that match and did not qualify to the finals.

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5.  Marcus Stoinis Throws Words at Kane Richardson

Australian players are known for sledging. But this time it has gone a level ahead during the Big Bash League match in 2019.

Melbourne Stars’ player, Marcus Stoinis abused Kane Richardson. It is to be noted that Stoinis used a homophobic slur against the Melbourne Renegades’pacer, Kane. This incident went viral over social media and Stoinis had to pay a wholesome fine as compensation. Later, Richardson confronted that Stoinis had apologized to him personally. There was a lot of criticism regarding this incident. Luckily, the player had a narrow escape from the ban.