Top notch banter, fierce sledging and world class cricket has always been a part of India-Australia rivalry. And one such incident was witnessed when India were playing the team from down under at Kotla in 2013.
Batting first, Australia scored 262 runs. Replying to Australia’s first innings total, India were cruising at 108 for no loss. Then suddenly two wickets( Cheteshawar Pujara and Virat Kohli) inside two overs charged up the Australian players. In fact, they were so charged that they gave a hostile send-off to Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli, who is known for head headedness, did not take it too well and retaliated by hurling abuses at the Australian players.
The sledging did not stop there. Ajinkya Rahane, who was making his debut in that match, too received a hostile welcome as Aussie bowlers unleashed a barrage of short balls at him. He was even hit by a bouncer on his helmet.
The sledging reached its boiling point when MS Dhoni got involved. It all started when Australian pacer James Pattinson had a word with Ravinder Jadeja, something that the India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not like.
When Pattinson returned to bowl, Dhoni was warned by the umpire for running on the pitch.
While a smiling Dhoni tried to settle the matter at his end, Warner, standing at mid-on, looked the most animated and mumbled some harsh words towards Dhoni. Jadeja, at the non-striker’s end, retorted by showing the handle of his bat.
This further provoked the Australian opener and he complained to the umpire. The on-field umpires then called upon Jadeja and had a word with him.
Both Dhoni and Australia’s stand-in skipper Shane Watson were called in to settle the matter.
As Watson was walking past Dhoni after settling the matter, he himself got engaged in a war of words with the Indian captain.
As things were getting heated up, Virat Kohli was seen shouting and hurling abuses at the Australian players from the pavilion when Jadeja hit Siddle for a four.
After the game ended Dhoni was quoted saying: “One thing I always tell the match referee is that whichever team starts it, I think the other team has an equal right to give it back to them.”