It was 15 years ago (i.e 2003) that Gautam Gambhir began his cricketing journey on the international stage and as the year 2018 comes to an end, the former KKR and Delhi skipper decided to call time on his career. He announced his retirement from cricket on Tuesday (December 4). The Ranji Trophy game between Delhi and Andhra starting Thursday at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be his last game.
The 37-year-old Gambhir has played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India scoring more than 10000 runs combined. He retires with nine Test centuries and 11 ODI centuries to his name. The two World Cup winner had lots of memorable moments to cherish in his career. Not only he had good moments, but he also had bad moments as well.
Today we look at some of his ugly spats on the field with other cricketers.
Kamran Akmal in Asia Cup 2010
An India-Pakistan match is the mother of all encounters and with high stakes on the line during these matches players themselves are under pressure to do well.
During Asia Cup 2010, Pakistani wicketkeeper, Kamran Akmal infuriated Gautam Gambhir so much by his unnecessary appeal, that the left-hander found it necessary to have a ‘chat’ with him. Akmal initiated a dialogue and the two clash in a forehead to forehead, eyeball to eyeball confrontation. The umpires had to intervene and warn the players. Captain Cool MS Dhoni, who was batting with Gambhir, took him away from the fight.
Andre Nel Bengaluru ODI 2005
Gambhir is known for his aggression on the field and also knows to shut down his opponent’s aggression. This incident occurred in 2005 and during the second ODI at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru when South Africa side visited India.
Defending a small total of 169, the proteas pacers were under pressure to top the Indian batting lineup.
Gautam Gambhir was batting when a pull shot by him turned into a boundary. Andre Nel who was bowling at that moment got angry after the boundary and that is when the spat began. Gauti stood up to Nel and was engaged in a heated exchange of words and also smashing the pacer through all corners of the ground. In the end, the umpires restored calm as India went onto win the match by six wickets.
Shahid Afridi in 2007
The third ODI in Kanpur between the arch-rivals saw an ugly spat between Gambhir and the former Pakistani all-rounder. Gambhir was struggling to get going a bit in the center. It was during the third powerplay that the Indian opener hit Afridi down the ground for a boundary and that is when both players yelled at each using abusive language.
In the very next delivery Gambhir stole a quick single and collided into Afridi and the Pakistani was livid. A barrage of abuses spat out both ways and the umpire Ian Gould had to come in and separate the duo.
Virat Kohli IPL 2013
This was a sight that no Indian cricket fan would have liked to see. The incident occurred in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) during the match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
In the first delivery of the 10th over bowled by Lakshmipathy Balaji Kohl went for a wild slash but was caught in the sweeper cover region. As Gambhir and other players of the KKR celebrated the dismissal, Kohli instead of walking back to the pavilion walked towards short extra cover and apparently made a remark.
The remark irked, Gambhir as he was seen walking angrily towards Kohli and an ugly verbal duel took place between the two.