Dhammika Prasad Opens Up On The Infamous Incident With Ishant Sharma
While the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2015 is best remembered for Virat Kohli & Co.’s historic win, it is also remembered for the infamous altercation between Ishant Sharma and Dhammika Prasad. The incident had happened towards the end of India’s second innings. Ishant Sharma had given a couple of Sri Lankan batsmen some animated send-off and Prasad tried to unnerve him when the Indian pacer came out to bat. The Sri Lankan pacer had bowled a couple of bouncers before Ishant scampered for a single.
Things became worse at that moment with Ishant smacking his helmet repeatedly while running down the pitch and past Prasad as if asking him to bowl more bouncers. Umpires had intervened at the right moment to bring things under control but then a bizarre incident took place when India’s innings ended. While Ishant sprinted towards the dressing room in order to get ready to bowl, Prasad followed him till the stairs of the dressing room.
Television footage had shown Sri Lankan players pushing Prasad towards their dressing room to avoid any further confrontation.
Two years after that infamous incident, Prasad has opened about that. Currently out of action due to a shoulder injury, Prasad said his reaction was an ’emotional outburst’.
“It was an emotional outburst. When you are playing, you have to play with passion. I want to win matches for my country, and I am always trying to give 100 % and do something different. That’s what happened in that series,” Prasad was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“When our guys were batting, there was a little bit of argument and it was in my mind when Ishant came to bat, so I fired some bouncers at him. When I went to bat I got a nasty bouncer from him. There was something going on between the two of us…,” he added.
The 34-year old further said he regrets the episode which was ‘not a good example for kids’.
“I am a really calm guy, I don’t generally tell anything to anybody when I am bowling, I respect the opposition, but when somebody comes and behaves like that (provoke), then you will naturally react.
“Afterwards, I realised it is not a good example for the kids. It was not really a good incident,” he said.
Talking about why he chased Ishant after the end of the innings, the right-arm pacer said: “When he got out, he still kept doing that (provoking). He said something to Dimuth (Karunaratne) and passed a comment on me. I told him, ‘you can’t do something like that once outside the boundary. This is a game, inside the boundary is fine but you can’t cross the boundary and do that.”
Prasad said that the duo buried the hatchet after the game.
“After the game we wished each other. India are one of my favourite sides, I love the way they are playing,” he said.
The Sri Lanka international concluded with a piece of advise for the Indian bowler.
“When you are playing, you have to respect the opposition too, when you are playing every one wants to win but you have limits and you can’t go beyond that. You are a fast bowler, you have to dominate. Still, you have to remain calm,” concluded Prasad
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