They say cricket is a gentleman's game. The sport symbolizes discipline, determination, hard work, perseverance and respect for the opposition and people involved in toughest of situations without compromising on the competitiveness. But that was long time ago. In recent times, the players have started to lose their temper more often than not. Here's our list of players venting their anger on and off the field.
Shahid Afridi: While returning from their Asia Cup triumph in Bangladesh, Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi rained slaps and punches on a fan after an unruly crowd jostled his three-year-old daughter at the Karachi airport on Friday.
Footage on television showed an angry Afridi, dressed in a pink T-shirt, also tried to kick the fan before his brother Mushtaq got in the way and prevented the situation from getting out of hand.
Matt Prior: It was some glass-breaking stuff by the England wicketkeeper-batsman. During the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Lord's, Prior was run out for 4 runs. Once back in the dressing room, an upset Prior banged his bat near the window and the bat handle bounced off the wall into the glass and it broke. A female spectator who was sitting below the window was injured by broken glass. Prior, realizing what had happened, went down to apologise to the people.
Ricky Ponting: During the recently concluded World Cup, the former Australian skipper smashed an LCD television set in the team's dressing room in Ahmedabad, apparently in a fit of anger, after he got run out against Zimbabwe. He later apologised for his action.
Matthew Hayden: Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden was fined and severely reprimanded after an ugly incident in which he was charged with breaking the glass panel in the dressing room following an lbw dismissal in the fifth Ashes Test against England at the SCG in 2003. Thanks to his previously clean record, Hayden was let off with a fine of 20 per cent of his match fee.
Shane Warne: Another Australian in the list and a predictable one - Shane Warne. While playing for Hampshire in 2007, Warne was given six penalty points by the England and Wales Cricket Board for abusing an umpire after being given out LBW against Kent in a county match.
Sourav Ganguly: The former Indian captain was known for wearing his heart on his sleeves. During a Test match against South Africa in 2004, umpire Daryl Harper turned down an LBW appeal against Jacques Kallis and this did not go very well with Ganguly. He was fined 30% of his match fee for "showing dissent at an umpire's decision by action or verbal abuse" by match referee Jeff Crowe.
Harbhajan Singh: The temperamental off-spinner lost it against India teammate Sreesanth in the first season of the Indian Premier League and slapped him at the end of the match while the players of the two teams - Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians - were shaking hands with each other. Apparently, Sreensath had been foul mouthing during the match and irked Mumbai players who were led by Bhajji. Though, Sreesanth refused to lodge complaint against him, Bhajji was banned and fined heavily.
Sourav Ganguly: After Zaheer Khan struck the winning runs for India in the NatWest Trophy in 2002, all eyes turned to an animated Indian skipper standing in the Lord's balcony. Ganguly took off his shirt and waved it while mouthing some "good" words for Andrew Flintoff, who had done a similar act at the Wankhede Stadium, and his teammates.
Dale Steyn: West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn has the ability to get on the nerves of the opposition and he was in his prime form against South Africa's Dale Steyn in the third Test in Barbados. After being dismissed by Kemar Roach, Steyn appeared to spit at Benn while walking back. The incident was brought to umpires' notice and Steyn was fined entire match fee.
Inzamam Ul Haq: One of the most unlikely cricketers to lose their cool, Inzamam ul Haq took it to heart when a spectator in Toronto passed a remark on his burly physique. During a match against India in 1997, Inzy assaulted a member of the crowd, Shiv Kumar Thind, who had been comparing him to several kinds of potato on a megaphone. According to eye witnesses a cricket bat was brought out by the Pakistan team's 12th man, Mushtaq Ahmed, who then waited at the boundary with the bat. Canadian Police arrested Inzy and charged him with two counts of assault and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. And though he was released soon, Inzy could not escape a 2-ODI ban.
Sunil Gavaskar: During India's tour to Australia in 1980-81, skipper Sunil Gavaskar lost his cool in Melbourne when he was given out by the Australian umpire Rex Whitehead. He asked his fellow batsman Chetan Chauhan to walk off the ground with him. Team Manager Salim Durani asked Chauhan to return to the match. Interestingly, India went on to win the match by 59 runs.
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