The extravagant Indian Premier League has grabbed eyeballs through various forms. Most of the ways though are related to the emphatic performances of individuals. Cricket stars give it their best shot on the field in order to get their franchise on the winning side.
However, there have been instances in the past in the IPL where the individuals have crossed the barrier of decency and got ugly on the field. In the heat of the moment, we have witnessed several unattractive confrontations in the IPL where even globally reputed names have mouthed some really unpleasant and unwanted things. It is surely a repulsive sight for cricket viewers to watch their cricketing heroes indulge in a verbal battle rather than the cricketing battle. Some sour memories spoil the fun and make it an “unhappy” ending.
The most discussed case in the IPL was none other than the Harbhajan-Sreesanth slapgate, where the latter was slapped by Harbhajan Singh. Till date, that remains as the murkiest memory regarding the IPL. The altercation between Sourav Ganguly and Shane Warne too dampened a lot of positive spirits.
In this article, we have a look at the five short tempered and mercurial men in the Indian Premier League (IPL) –
5. MITCHELL STARC:
The number one ranked bowler in ODIs has been involved in several confrontations in the IPL. The clearest such incident came against the Trinidadian, Kieron Pollard. After being stopped midway in his run up by Pollard, the livid Kangaroo hurled the ball in Pollard’s direction while the latter responded by flinging his bat in air. Starc was even involved in unneeded banters in the IPL. In the 7th edition of the league, he was seen murmuring some unwanted stuff to the much respected Virender Sehwag. On the basis of one just incident against Pollard, Starc has done enough to make it to this infamous list.
4. MUNAF PATEL:
The India discard may not have set the IPL stage on fire with his bowling. But the abuses hurled by this Baroda pacer always made the headlines of the morning newspapers. Patel was always known to be fickle minded and even while donning the India colors, he was involved in several fights. Rumour has it that before he made his India debut, he was given a mouthful by the great Sunil Gavaskar for his disobedient attitude. Sadly, Munaf carried this attitude with him even in the IPL arena. In the 2012 IPL, Munaf was given an official warning twice for abusing. The first time around, he was seen getting into a war of words with the umpire over a dismissal. The second occasion though was unnecessary. Munaf was witnessed hurling abuses at the young Kings XI Punjab batsman Nitin Saini. Abusing a junior player was not something for which Munaf would want to be remembered for.
3. SHANE WATSON:
Watto, as people call him is among the most notorious cricketers playing in the IPL. Watson has been in the books of the umpires since the very first edition of the IPL. His send offs to the dismissed batsmen are well known and need no introduction. Viewers have time and again seen this Aussie all rounder mouthing expletives and making unsightly gestures to the opponent players. He had a quarrel with Gautam Gambhir in the sixth edition of the IPL. A cricketer of Watson’s maturity must understand that by getting involved in unnecessary verbal battles he is simply maligning his reputation and nothing else.
2. GAUTAM GAMBHIR:
Gambhir has often said in interviews that aggression gets his juices going and it is what determines his character. But it is often this overdose of aggression that gets the better of this stunning batsman. Gambhir was banned for a test match because of elbowing Shane Watson in a test. His disreputable acts have continued in the IPL as well. The most maligning part for Gambhir was when he allegedly gave Virat Kohli an ugly send off. The two rather good friends were fuming with anger and were advancing towards each other when they were separated in the nick of time. Within the span of a week of the Kohli incident, Gambhir was even seen getting aggressive with the worshipped Rahul Dravid. It is often said that when people cannot get along with Dravid well, then there is a serious problem with that person’s mindset. Gambhir just made that obvious.
1. KIERON POLLARD:
On the number spot, is none other than the blue eyed boy of the Mumbai Indians. Pollard has been the unchallenged villain of the IPL (Pun intended). He gives it his one hundred percent on the field, and has single handedly won games for the Mumbai Indians. But at times, his on-field attitude has been a shameful sight to say the least. His send off to Shane Watson was a hideous act. Pollard probably was the only one in the ground who saw the funny side out of it. It was done in such bad taste that it even prompted the great Rahul Dravid to say that it was nothing more than an act of cowardice. Even after Watson was dismissed, Pollard went on to continue his words to Watson in the dugout. Watson was on the verge of storming out of the dugout towards Pollard, but the calm nature of Dravid diffused the situation. Pollard is also often witnessed mocking the umpires plus his confrontation with Starc has already been discussed.