Mohali:He talked about keeping it a controversy-free series but Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was himself at the center of an on-field showdown when he had a heated exchange with Indian pacer Zaheer Khan after being dismissed on the opening day of the first Test here.
The incident occurred in the 42nd over which was being bowled by Harbhajan Singh.
Shane Watson pushed the fourth ball of that over towards mid-wicket and called Ponting, who was batting on 71, for a quick single.
Before the Australian skipper could make his ground, Suresh Raina's throw hit the stumps.
After third umpire Sanjay Hazare adjudged him run-out, Ponting was walking back towards the pavilion when he turned back after hearing some comments from Zaheer.
With the Indian players standing in a pack, Ponting walked back towards them pointing the bat at them when umpire Billy Bowden intervened and sent the Aussie skipper back to the pavillion.
Interestingly, on Thursday at the pre-match media conference, Ponting had said that he doesn't want any negativity or bad blood during the series as world cricket is still suffering in the wake of the spot-fixing controversy involving the Pakistan trio of Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamir and Salman Butt.
"I have told my boys what should be the line. I can tell that my dressing room knows what's their line," Ponting told the reporters.