Vinod Kambli On Inzamam-Ul-Haq's Fight During 1997 Friendship Cup: It Was A Shocking Moment For All Of Us

Vinod Kambli On Inzamam-Ul-Haq’s Fight During 1997 Friendship Cup: It Was A Shocking Moment For All Of Us

Inzamam-ul-Haq was involved in a big fight with a spectator during a 1997 Toronto ODI (Image Credit: Google)

While the former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was involved in a big controversial fight with a fan during the 1997 Sahara Friendship Cup against India in Canada, another former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis recently revealed another angle of that incident. Now, the former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli opened up the Indian dressing room reactions during that incident.

It was the second game of the five-match ODI series. When India were batting in the 16th over of the second innings as they were chasing down the 117 runs target, angry Inzamam-ul-Haq moved to the spectators’ area to fight against a spectator. According to the media report, the fan abused Inzamam on his physical size as he called the cricketer as ‘aaloo’ (Potato).

Recently, Waqar Younis, who wasn’t in the full-member Pakistan squad during that series, claimed that the fan didn’t only abuse Inzamam, but the Pakistan cricketer also heard something bad about the Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin’s wife.

In the particular chaos moment, Inzamam couldn’t control his anger and asked the 12th man to bring a bat. The 12th man brought a bat and gave it to Inzamam, who immediately attempted to hit a fan.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, fight
Securities trying to stop furious Inzamam-ul-Haq during a brawl with a spectator in 1997 Toronto ODI (Image Credit: Google)

Vinod Kambli said that they were totally shocked in that incident. The former Indian cricketer recently opened up his experience at that moment.

Vinod Kambli, Inzamam-ul-Haq, fight
Vinod Kambli (Image Credit: Google)

Kambli said on The Greatest Rivalry podcast, “In fact, that incident, because we were sitting in the dressing room and our team was batting, the Indian team was batting, we were sitting there in the dressing room and then suddenly we saw Inzi just trying to show for a bat.

“He was just pointing out to a bat, so I saw the 12th man taking the bat, and passing by his dressing room and passing our dressing room too and went from there straight to Inzi. The entire incident was like, you were literally shocked. It was a shocking moment for all of us.”

We were discussing it with each other why this thing had happened: Vinod Kambli on Inzamam-ul-Haq fight incident

After that incident, the Indian dressing room was stunned and all of them were clueless about that incident.

Kambli added, “We were first of all questioning how come a 12th man is taking a bat to Inzamam, and then the entire incident, whatever happened, but for what it was it was shocking, it was really shocking. We were discussing it with each other why this thing had happened.” 

That chaos took away around 40 minutes of that game. Later, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suspended Inzamam-ul-Haq for two matches.

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