India versus Pakistan: Controversial moments

Each time India and Pakistan take on each-other within those boundary ropes, fireworks erupt on and off the field.

Harbhajan Singh argues with Shoaib Aktar during their Asia Cup match in 2010.   -  AP

India and Pakistan have forever been touted as arch-rivals. The neighbouring nations share not only boundaries, but their sheer passion for the sport of cricket as well. Each time India and Pakistan take on each-other within those boundary ropes, fireworks erupt on and off the field. Ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final between the arch-rivals, here is a look at the controversial moments from India-Pakistan matches, on the field.

Javed Miandad and Kiran More, 1992

This was the first time India and Pakistan met in a World Cup match and predictably, there was a palpable sense of excitement in the air. Annoyed at More's excessive appeal for a play and miss, Miandad stopped Sachin Tendulkar mid-way his run-up in the next delivery and turned around to have a word with More. After a string of exchanges, he ran a quick double off the next ball. More took off the bails on the second run and even though Miandad had comfortably made his ground, More raised another extravagant appeal, which further annoyed Miandad. What followed is regarded as one of the most iconic slapstick moments of cricket history, as Miandad made three comical leaps, in a vain attempt to imitate the over-enthusiastic More.

Aamer Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad, 1996

Aamer Sohail looked to be in brilliant touch in the 1996 World Cup and seemed certain to take the quarterfinal game away from India. Pakistan was cruising at 113-1 in the 15th over, when the incident occurred. Sohail slammed Prasad for a boundary on the off-side and pointed to the boundary while glaring at Prasad, telling him where he belonged. Prasad came back in the best possible manner, by uprooting the opener's off-stump and giving him a send-off by pointing to the stands, giving Sohail a taste of his own medicine. A classic example of letting one's game do the talking.

 

 

Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi, 2007

Gambhir and Afridi got into a rather physical altercation, in one of the biggest fights between the two cricketing nations. It began when Gambhir hit Afridi for a four down the ground and walked up to the bowler and said a few nasty words. In the same over, Gambhir went to steal a quick single and ended up running into Afridi at the non-strikers end. What ensued was a verbal duel of choicest of abuses and the umpires had to eventually intervene to separate the two and prevent a spar.

 

Gautam Gambhir and Kamran Akmal, 2010

In somewhat a repeat from the Miandad-More spat, Gambhir lost his cool when Akmal repeatedly appealed unsuccessfully from behind the wickets during the 2010 Asia Cup. The incident occurred when Gambhir was beaten by Saeed Ajmal and Akmal appealed wildly. While the appeal was turned down, Gambhir had a spat with Akmal at the drinks break. Dhoni had to step in to take Gambhir away and ease the tension.

 

 

Harbhajan Singh and Shoaib Akhtar, 2010

After bowling the penultimate over and leaving India with seven runs to win in the final over, Akhtar took it on himself to ensure that Harbhajan would not complete the victory during Asia Cup. Akhtar said some mean things to Harbhajan, in a bid to unsettle him at the crease. The off-spinner, however, held his cool and smashed a huge six off the second-last ball to lead India to victory, leaving the Rawalpindi Express red-faced.

 

Ishant Sharma and Kamran Akmal , 2012

Needing 14 to win off 15 balls, things got heated up between Ishant and Akmal, when the latter was beaten by a beautiful delivery from the Indian bowler. On his follow through, Ishant gave lip to Akmal, who gave it back. The two went head on, literally, and had a verbal go at each-other. The on-field umpires and Indian fielders had to pull the two away, to calm things down. Pakistan eventually won the game by five wickets.