Top Controversies between India and Pakistan Matches

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Top Controversies between India and Pakistan Matches 

Top Controversies between India and Pakistan Matches
Rahul Dravid and Shoaib Akhtar taking on each other. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Matches without any controversy between India and Pakistan is like life without any heartbeat. India and Pakistan have always shared a great rivalry on the field. No team likes to give a sniff to each other and tries to bring their best to the table. Thus, the players always like give 120% on the field. Subsequently, the players also like to get under the skin of each other due to the ever-rising pressure involved in the game.

Consequently, we have noticed India vs Pakistan matches are generally marred by controversies. There have been a plethora of instances when the players have failed to control their emotions and their frustrations have burst out.

Furthermore, there is a mountain of pressure when India and Pakistan lock horns with each other. Therefore, the players also feel the pressure which pushes them to go the extra yard or try something off the book. Hence, the players can be desperate to get the much-intended result under the belt.

Let us take you on the journey of some of the biggest controversies between India and Pakistan matches.

Javed Miandad and Kiran More.

India and Pakistan met for the first time in the World Cup match in 1992. Thus, there was a different aura to the whole match. Meanwhile, Javed Miandad was irritated by over appeal of Kiran More. The legendary Pakistan batsman stopped Sachin Tendulkar in the mid of his run-up to having a chat with More. Miandad also complained to umpire David Shepherd that the Indian gloveman is unnecessarily over-excited.

Javed Miandad and Kiran More. (Photo by David Munden/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Miandad tried to steal a run on the next ball, however, he was sent back by his partner. More took the throw by getting off his feet after Miandad made his way back into the crease. The right-handed batsman then went on to mock the Indian wicketkeeper as he jumped three times on his feet. However, India went on to win by 43 runs.

Here is the video of the incident:

Aamir Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad

Aamir Sohail was in fine form in the quarterfinal clash against India. In fact, the Men in Green were sailing through at 109-1 before the southpaw decided to have an inessential argument with Ventakesh Prasad. The left-hander smashed a boundary towards the deep square area and indicated to Prasad that he will once again hit him at the same place.

Venkatesh Prasad of India celebrates with Nayan Mongia after taking the wicket of Aamir Sohail during the match between India and Pakistan played in Bangalore, India. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/ALLSPORT

Sohail once again tried to repeat his previous shot, however, Prasad was up to the challenge as he kept the ball straight. The Pakistan opener missed the connection and his woodwork was disturbed. Prasad was exuberant after dismissing Sohail and gave him the perfect send-off.

Here is the video:

Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir

Things got heated up between Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir in the third ODI at Kanpur in 2007. Gambhir smashed the leg-spinner towards the long-on boundary and gave him his piece of mind. On the next ball, Gambhir tried to run a quick single, however, he ran into Shahid Afridi.

Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi were involved in a heated argument. (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Gambhir completed his single and both the players showered abuses on each other. The umpire then had to intervene to the stop the heated argument.

Gautam Gambhir always liked taking the bull by its horns and played his cricket in a hard way.

Here is the video:

Shoaib Akhtar vs Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid is the not the name you generally associate with the controversies. However, Rahul Dravid was involved in the war of words with Pakistan’s fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

Rahul Dravid and Shoaib Akhtar taking on each other. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Dravid hit the ball towards the square boundary and came back for the second run. However, Dravid collided with Akhtar while turning back for the second run. Akhtar said a few words to the Wall and the Indian right-hander also responded by going back at him. The calm and composed Inzamam Ul Hag intervene in between to not let the situation slip out of hand. Unsurprisingly, Akhtar next ball was a short one and he stared hard into Dravid eyes.

Here is the video:

Harbhajan  Singh vs Shoaib Akhtar, 2010

Shoaib Akhtar once again initiated a verbal battle, this time against Harbhajan Singh. It was Asia Cup fixture in 2010 when Shoaib Akhtar decided to get under the skin of Harbhajan Singh. Rawalpindi Express bowled a dot ball against Bhajji leaving India seven to get of the final over.

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Harbhajan Singh and Shoaib Akhtar shared a great rivalry on the field. Credits: AP

Akhtar tempted the Turbanator into a verbal contest when Bhajji could not connect. However, the off-spinner was able to find the right connection when it mattered the most. Three runs were required off two balls and Harbhajan smashed a massive six off Mohammad Amir to take India over the line. Consequently, Harbhajan Singh roared like the king of the jungle and gave it back to Shoaib Akhtar.

Here is the video:

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