A 2013 IPL game played at the historic Eden Gardens witnessed a war of words between players from the home side KKR and the visiting Rajasthan Royals team. RR’s Aussie recruit, Shane Watson, was bowling to home side’s Manvinder Bisla and had conceded a couple of boundaries in the first five balls of his over. The last ball, which was fuller in length forcing Bisla to play it back to the bowler, saw Watson charging down in his follow through. The burly all-rounder gave Bisla a hard glare, mumbled something under his breath and allegedly threatened to throw a ball back at the batsman.
This was the starting point of the war of words between the two players. Bisla then went to Royals captain Rahul Dravid and said a few words. While the legendary Indian cricketer tried to calm down Bisla, the wicket-keeper wanted him to cool off his player first. KKR skipper Gambhir Gambhir, not the one to hold back, was batting at the other end and soon joined the heated discussion in his typical aggressive manner.
In the next over, when Gambhir was stumped off the bowling of Watson, he appeared to have exchanged some more words with Dravid before walking off. This was the second time during that season that Gambhir was involved in such an altercation. In an earlier IPL match, he and RCB skipper Virat Kohli were infamously involved in an ugly on-field banter.
Gambhir later played down the incident at Eden by tweeting his version of the events. His tweet said, “Guys, you have got it all wrong. No harsh words exchanged between me and Rahul bhai. He was and will always be a respected teammate. No fuss please.”