Cricket is regarded as the Gentleman’s game, but over the years, there have been humorous incidents of an altercation between players and the supporters. Not the usual banter between supporters and opposition players, but a heated exchange and the occasional brawl or two have been part and parcel of the game. Sportzwiki digs into the history books and churns out the Top 5 Player-Fan altercations in cricket history.
1. Inzamam Ul-Haq
You just don’t call the Pakistani cricket captain a potato, and expect to get away with it. Inzamam Ul-Haq decided to take law into his own hands and set about an abusive fan, who called him an ‘aloo’. Inzamam is said to have charged into the stands towards the spectator and reportedly attacked the abusive spectator. He was subsequently banned for two ODI matches.
2. Andrew Symonds
Andrew Symonds was at the centre of a pub fight with a fan in the winter of 2008 at Brisbane’s Normanby Hotel. Symonds was present with teammates Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson and Jason Krejza and members of the Australian rugby league team when a fan approached him for an autograph and tried to hug Symonds. Symonds is believed to have pushed the fan before bouncers intervened. Then, a little over years later, Symonds attacked a naked fan who had marched onto the field. Quite the bad boy!
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was seen abusing CSK fans after his Royal Challengers Bangalore side lost to the home team in a IPL V match. The hot-headed Virat lost his cool and was seen hurling abuses towards a section of the CSK fans at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Not quite the role model, eh? Cricketers should really set higher standards of discipline for themselves.
4. Shakib Al-Hasan
Shakib Al-Hasan was emroiled in a controversial fight with a group of spectators who reportedly misbehaved with his wife. A local newspaper reported that group of spectators teased Shakib’s wife in the VIP box and Shakib got himself involved in a heated altercation with the group of fans. Trust Shakib in getting himself into hot water from time to time after he previously made an improper gesture towards the camera.
5. Khalid Latif
Near the end of the fifth and final cricket ODI between Australia and Pakistan at the WACA, a drunk Australian fan, David James Fraser, ran onto the field and tackled Pakistan’s Khalid Latif before being detained by security. The Pakistani sports minister called for Cricket Australia to set up barriers and ban alcohol at Australian cricket grounds, and the ICC investigated the matter, clearing the WACA. Fraser pleaded guilty to trespassing and assault, was fined $9000, and banned from the WACA for life.