Welcome to Humor Nation. The more you earn fame, the more you get trapped in the word “controversy”! Be it film stars, politicians, or sports persons, media and controversies have always surrounded them! Today, let’s read about some famous Indian cricketers, who were trapped in such controversies, few of which headed their career to an end!
So Let’s Take A Look At Some Of The Biggest Controversies Of Indian Cricketers!
1. Mohammad Azharuddin
Starting up with, Mohammad Azharuddin, the formal Indian team captain, who came into limelight, when he was found to have an affair with a British girl! Later he was also found for match fixing, and he admitted fixing 3 ODI matches. This ended his bright career in 2000.
2. Mohinder Amarnath
Moving on to the hero of 1983 world cup win, Mohinder Amarnath, whose career ended up in 1988, when he commented the selectors as “bunch of jokers” after being dropped down from the team!
3. S. Sreesanth
S. Sreesanth, once used to top the list of best bowlers, also known as king of controversies, was banned for lifetime, after being involved in spot fixing during IPL season 6. Sreesanth, known for his short temperament, was also involved in verbal battles with, Andrew Symonds, Kevin Peterson, and even Sachin Tendulkar. That slap from Harbhajan Singh, during IPL season 2 was also a memorable moment of his cricketing life.
4. Amit Mishra
The googly bowler, Amit Mishra, was accused of physically assaulting a women in his hotel room, and was arrested by Karnataka police, in October 2005. Later he was released when the woman withdrew her case.
5. Kapil Dev
Heading towards the winning team captain of 1983 world cup, Kapil Dev, who shedded off tears, during a press interview, when the interviewer asked him to explain about his involvement in match fixing scandal in 2000.
6. MS Dhoni
Captain cool, MS Dhoni, one of the most successful captain of Indian cricket team, also lost his temperament, during a press interview, when a foreign journalist, asked him about his retirement from shorter format of the game, after losing the semi finals of t-20 world cup 2015 against west indies. As an answer, Dhoni asked the journalist to sit beside him, and then asked whether he would be able to survive till 2019 world cup or not, to which the journalist said yes you can, and you should! Dhoni then told the journalist that he himself gave the answer to his previous question!
7. Sachin Tendulkar
The God of cricket, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, was too involved into a controversy with ministry of finance, when he asked for some tax waiver on a Ferrari car, which was gifted to him by Fiat motors on equaling the record of Don Bradman of 29 test centuries.
8. Gautam Gambhir
The hero of 2011 world cup final, Gautam Gambhir, as per his name, is quite serious both on and off the field. While playing a ODI at Kanpur against Pakistan, he bumped into Shahid Afridi, which lead to a heated verbal communication, later the match referee fined Afridi with 95% of his match fee, and Gambhir with 65% of match fee.
9. Saurav Ganguly
Famous as “dada”, Saurav Ganguly, came into limelight, for his relationship with Nagma, the famous film star. He was seen at Shiva temple in Srikalahasti, with nagma, performing the ritual Sarpdosi pooja with her. This all happened just a few days before the test series against Australia in 2001. He was also involved in a controversy with Greg Chappell, who became the coach of Indian cricket team in 2005.
This is considered as one the worst captain-coach controversy in cricket history. Chappell wrote to BCCI, describing Ganguly as both mentally and physically unfit to lead the team. He also mentioned Ganguly’s policy of divide and rule, which the breaking the team. This email was leaked to media , due to which there was a huge backlash from Ganguly’s fans. He was then dropped from the team.
10. Navjot Singh Sidhu
Navjot Singh Sidhu was blamed to murder a Patiala resident, Gurnam Singh, in 1988. This blame was proved true, in 2006, and Sidhu was sentenced to three year imprisonment for culpable homicide, following the road rage incident.
11. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli, the current Indian team captain, known as Mr. Aggressive, was once involved in an heated verbal battle with pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, during the boxing day test match, In 2014. Later in the match, Kohli played an excellent innings and scored a brilliant 169, on the prestigious ground of Melbourne.
12. Harbhajan Singh
The “Turbanator” of Indian team, Harbhajan Singh, is often found to have verbal clashes, once slapped his own team mate S. Sreeshanth, for wrong reason, due to which he was banned to play the rest of the tournament.
He was also once banned by ICC, for playing 3 test matches, when he racially abused Andrew Symonds, calling him a “monkey”. Though Harbhajan and his batting partner, Sachin denied the accuse, and there was no audio or video proof of any such thing.
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