Top Five Controversies in Indian Cricket
Controversies has been a part and parcel of the Gentlemen’s game. Each and every team had few controversies in the past and teams like Pakistan and India are prone to controversies. Here is a list of Top Five controversies in Indian Cricket.
1. Match-Fixing Scandal of 1999
Known as the Worst Hour of Indian cricket, the 1999 Match-Fixing scandal saw India’s former captain Mohammad Azharuddin and batsman Ajay Jadeja banned for life and 5 years respectively for their involvement in it. The India cricket was facing its most embarrassing moment in their history and it was when the nucleus of the team Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly decided to lead the team out of the controversy. Ganguly was given the captaincy and took the team to greater heights.
2. IPL Spot Fixing Saga
The Indian Premier League had its brand image spoiled when Delhi Police cracked some matches of the 2013 edition was fixed by the players. The sting operation conducted by the Delhi Police revealed that players involved in the fixing included Indian pacer S Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan. The Rajasthan Royals trio fixed matches with the bookies and were later banned for life by the BCCI. The investigation also revealed that Gurunath Meiyappan, the so-called cricket enthusiast and Chennai Super Kings’ team principal was also involved in it.
3. 1996 World Cup Semi-Final Riot
The semi-finals of the 1996 World Cup in which India will lose the game from being in a commendable position of 98 for 1 to 120 for 8 in just over eleven overs. After this collapse, the crowd at Eden Gardens, Calcutta started riot inside the stadium, as the fans started hurling stones and bottles into the ground which prompted the match Referee Clive Lloyd to take off the players. His attempt to calm down the crowd went in vain after which he handed the match to Sri Lanka. Vinod Kambli who was leaving the field with tears later revealed that the match was fixed and his reports were dismissed by his teammates.
4. Monkey Gate Saga
The second Test match of the 2007-08 Australian summer is well remembered for all the wrong reasons. First the umpires will cost India the match courtesy some poor on-field decisions and then came the infamous Monkey Gate Saga. During an over change in the match, Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh and Aussie All Rounder Andrew Symonds were caught in a controversy. Symonds claimed that Harbhajan racially abused him calling him a monkey and both the players were summoned after the match in which Harbhajan was slapped with a one match ban.
5. Harbhajan-Sreesanth Spat
Once again, Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth were involved in an on-field spat. It happened in the 2008 IPL match between Harbhajan Singhled Mumbai Indians and Sreesanth’s Yuvraj Singh led Kings XI Punjab. After Punjab defeated Mumbai, the players were greeting each other and that was when Harbhajan slapped his India teammate Sreesanth, who seemed to have provoked him.