An ugly mid-pitch brawl broke out at Feroz Shah Kotla ground as Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir and Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary nearly came to exchange blows during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Bengal today.
The situation came to such a position that umpire K Srinath had to come between the two players as Gambhir moved towards Tiwary to hit him and he also came charging at the Delhi skipper.
Even in an unprecedented gesture, Gambhir pushed umpire Srinath, who was trying to get him out of the way to hit Tiwary. The touching umpire is a grave offence in cricket that may invite a lifetime ban.
The incident happened in 7.1 over when Partha Sarathi Bhattacharjee got out of Manan Sharma’s bowling and Tiwary came in to bat at No. 4 wearing a cap.
Tiwary first took guard and was about to take strike. But he stopped the bowler and signalled at the dressing room to bring his helmet as a pacer was operating from the other end.
Delhi players felt that it was a deliberate time wasting tactic.
Manan ticked off Manoj and he told him to lay off. All of a sudden, Gambhir, at first slip, got into the action and started abusing the Bengal skipper, who then retaliated.
Suddenly all hell broke loose as Gambhir said: “Shaam ko mil the maroon (Meet me in the evening, I will hit you). And Tiwary retorted, saying: “Shaam kya abhi bahar chal (Why to wait till evening, let’s go out and settle it now”).
Umpire Srinath then sprinted from bowler’s end.
Gambhir with his fists raised charged towards Tiwary, who was also not ready to back down. Umpire Srinath came in the middle, but Gambhir to everyone’s horror pushed the umpire trying to get him out of the way.
Manoj was then seen shouting at Gambhir, saying: “Did I tell you anything? Why did you have to come in between.”
Both Tiwary and Gambhir will be summoned by the match referee Valmick Buch.
Watch Manoj Tiwary’s reactions after the day’s business end at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground: