Fight in Cricket History: Gentleman’s game hasn’t always been kind. Even though we see cricket players joking around and having fun on the field all the time, there have only been a few times when tempers have gotten out of hand and players have acted out of character, or in a way, like who they really are. Now that we know that, let’s look at ten times when cricket players completely lost it. Check out the list of the 10 biggest fights in cricket:
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Top 10 Famous Fight of Cricketers
1. Shane Warne Vs Marlon Samuels:
Shane Warne-Marlon Samuels fight was the largest. Warne, “The Bad Boy,” is fitting for this one. This happened in a BBL game between Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades after his international career. With David Hussey on strike, Renegades bowled Marlon Samuels during Stars innings. Samuels joked about grabbing Hussey’s jersey during one delivery, knowing there was no second run. This upset the Stars captain. Warne screamed at Samuels in the second innings, some of which were heard on his player mic.
In the next over, Warne threw the ball at Samuels, slowly yet deliberately. Samuels flung his bat furiously, fed up. Umpires took time to calm things down. In the next over, Warne brought on Lasith Malinga, who delivered a bouncer that hit Samuel’s helmet grill. Samuels returned to the sheds in pain with blood streaming from his mouth. One of the worst cricket bouts ever.
2. Dennis Lillee Vs Javed Miandad:
This is about the fiery fast bowler from Australia, Dennis Lillee, and the legendary player from Pakistan, Javed Miandad. Miandad was trying to get a single after hitting the ball down to fine leg, but Lillee got in his way on purpose and almost shoulder-barged him. Miandad was angry about this, so he yelled at Lillee. A few seconds later, Lillee kicked him in the back without meaning to. This made Miandad’s temper explode, so he tried to hit Lillee with his bat. Luckily, the umpire was in the way, and people used their heads. Greg Chappell, the captain of Australia, stood up for Lillee by saying that Miandad was the one who started the fight. But later, Lillee was given a fine of AU$2000 for his bad behavior.
3. Harbhajan Singh Vs Sreesanth:
Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth were two of the Indian team’s more animated players. But somehow, for reasons that are still not clear, the two got into a fight. This happened during an IPL game between the Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians. The Kings won the game. It was said that after the game, Sreesanth went up to Harbhajan and teased him by telling him “Well played.” This made Harbhajan angry because he felt insulted. Later, Sreesanth was seen crying on TV, and it was revealed that Harbhajan had hit him in the face for what he said. Both of the players refused to say anything about the ugly fight. Harbhajan was kicked out of the IPL for the rest of that season.
4. Andrew Symonds Vs Harbhajan Singh:
As said, Harbhajan Singh was always involved in field altercations. During an India-Australia test match at the SCG, “MonkeyGate” occurred. While Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh batted, Bhajji and Symonds argued. Symonds claimed Harbhajan called him a “monkey,” an insult towards black people.
Harbhajan may have been prosecuted with racial vilification. Harbhajan said he swore with “maaki,” which means mother in his mother tongue. After the game, Harbhajan’s charges kept getting reduced, threatening the Indians’ mid-tour departure. Aussies feel Bhajji got away lightly and this event was Symonds’ downfall. It marked their careers.
5. Glenn McGrath Vs Ramnaresh Sarwan:
Australians are known as the bad boys of cricket. They are always ready to talk to the other team. But, surprisingly, they don’t seem to like it when others give it back to them. This situation between Glenn McGrath and Ramnaresh Sarwan was a great example. In 2003, on day four of the test match at the Antigua Recreation Ground, West Indies had the game under control, and Glenn McGrath started throwing insults at the batsman, as he always does with a shake of the head.
6. Inzamam-Ul-Haq Vs Fan:
Inzamam-ul-Haq should surprise you on this list. He was soft-spoken and compassionate. Because he was a “gentle giant.” He also fought a fan, not a player. In 1997, during the 2nd ODI of the series at Toronto Cricket, an Indian supporter began calling him “aloo” and urged him to stand up straight due of his weight. Inzi tried to ignore it as a professional, but the Indian fan’s megaphone didn’t help. To everyone’s surprise, Inzi whacked the fan with his bat, but security stopped him. Injuring the fan would have tarnished Inzi’s career.
7. Quinton De Kock Vs David Warner:
Aussies use the term “mental disintegration” for sledding competitions that make it hard for them to focus. In cricket, this is what they do best. David Warner kept making fun of Quinton de Kock during Australia’s tour of South Africa in 2018. He made fun of everything from how he looked to how tall he was. Quinny took most of what was said in, but later he gave it back to Warner and told it to his wife and her ex-partner. Warner was angry about what de Kock said as they argued loudly on the way to the dressing room. Later in that session, the crowd joined in and started being mean to Warner and his wife, which made the situation much worse.
8. Shakib Al Hasan Vs the Umpire:
In recent years, Shakib Al Hasan has been crazy. He was spotted arguing with the umpire during a local DPL match between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani Limited after several of his pleas were denied. Shakib went towards the umpire waving his fists and kicked the stumps in rage when the umpires brought the covers on after a brief drizzle with a ball left in the sixth over. Shakib’s wife said the umpires were biased against her husband and made strange calls. The veteran was suspended from cricket till the situation was resolved.
9. Virat Kohli Vs Gautham Gambhir:
RCB and KKR’s 2013 IPL match saw Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir spar. Virat Kohli was hitting sixes in the ninth over. He hit sweeper cover in the eighth over. Kohli walked off the field dejected as he spotted Gautam Gambhir celebrating his dismissal and heard something he didn’t like. He and Gautam charged towards Gambhir like two animals at the outset of the fight, until senior Pro Rajat Bhatia intervened and separated them. Both players declined to discuss the situation later.
10. Mitchell Starc Vs Kieron Pollard:
Mitchell Starc was a fiery youngster. He had a terrible battle with Kieron Pollard in a 2014 MI-RCB match. In a tight 17th over, Starc bowled a bouncer to Pollard, who missed, and then sled him to upset him. As Starc reached the third quarter of his run-up, Pollard purposely walked towards square leg. Starc completed his run-up and bowled to Pollard, annoyed.
Enraged by this behaviour, Pollard lifted his bat to throw it at Starc, but he stopped himself at the last second and lost control of the bat, which dropped far away from anyone. He saved the situation by coming to his senses. This misbehaviour cost both players half their match money.