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Gathering all these, we have compiled total horrendous and biggest fights in the history of IPL that are worth watching and are still remembered. Let us begin with the first fight of the IPL.
Top Biggest fights in the history of IPL, Indian Premier League.
Sourav Ganguly and Shane Warne, IPL 2008:
It is considered the first fight in the history of IPL that came in between Sourav Ganguly and Shane Warne. Both of the players led their franchises as it was a match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals.
In chasing against KKR, Ganguly played a shot towards a deep-mid wicket gone to Gream Smith fielding there. The fielder took the catch, but the RR skipper denied it and asked the umpire to prove whether it was a catch or not.
The camera’s angle failed to justify a catch, so the original decision was no out, which began the lashing. The two players were involved in heat. Eventually, Sourav Ganguly was sent to the pavilion being declared out, and Rajasthan’s bowlers gave his wicket another kind of send-off celebration.
Warne said in a press conference that Ganguly should have accepted the words of an international umpire rather than arguing. As a consequence, both players were fined 10% of the match fees.
Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth, IPL 2008:
A clash between Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth was spotted on the screens in the inaugural edition of the IPL. Whilst a match between the Mumbai Indians and the Kings XI Punjab, Harbhajan and Sreesanth represented their teams.
MI lost against KXIP, and Sreesanth was mocking Harbhajan, who was already furious due to the defeat. Consequently, the MI-based player slapped Sreesanth hard. The footage did not go viral, but Sreesanth’s weeping face was all over the Television channels.
Here is the video:
Munaf Patel and Amit Mishra, IPL 2011:
A heated argument took place between the two players. Notably, Munaf Patel and Amit Mishra were the teammates from the Indian cricket team but failed to keep calm against each other, facing a rivalry in the IPL.
In a match between Mumbai Indians and the Deccan Chargers, the DC-based Mishra hit consecutive boundaries on two balls. The Mumbai bowler, Munaf, tried to get him out but failed that angered him.
That anger turned out in a lash between two players, and as it was not enough, they collapsed on each other, crossing the verbal abuse to physical abuse. The umpires stepped in between to stop the fighting players.
Dwayne Bravo vs Kieron Pollard, IPL 2012:
The match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians brought up a friendly banter between the Caribbean players Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
It was the eliminator match happening at the Chinnaswamy stadium in 2012. During the second innings, Pollard came to bat and had to face Bravo. Eventually, he was gone out, as a result of which Bravo showed him a flight-back signal saying that now he has to go home as MI were officially out of the tournament.
Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, IPL 2013:
In the IPL 2013, the match between the KKR and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) brought up a fighting incident between the captains, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli.
It was the first time the aggressive Kohli was leading his team and facing Gambhir as his rivals. Gambhir and Kohli were part of the Indian National Cricket team together and represented the domestic teams of Delhi and North.
It was surprising to see the two players from the same franchises clashing that badly to make it into the biggest fights in the history of IPL.
When Pradeep’s economy fell facing Kohli’s boundaries, the RCB skipper tried to demolish more of KKR’s blowing line-up. In the next over’s first ball by Balaji, he was incidentally caught out.
It was a moment of celebration for the KKR bowlers, and one of them said something that angered out the RCB captain. Instead of going back to the pavilion, he turned to the bowler to answer him with a mouthful.
Consequently, Gambhir joined the fighting duo and supported his bowlers, which led to a severe clash between them. They violated the level 1 offense article related to using abusive language or extreme verbal fumes or gestures.
Here is the video:
Shane Watson and Kieron Pollard, IPL 2013:
Pollard was involved in another clash while playing against the Rajasthan Royals. The well-known Australian batsman, Shane Watson, was on the field, and Pollard’s furious verbals continued during his entire presence.
From 5th to 10th over, until Watson got out, Pollard did not keep his calm, and as if it was not enough, his aggressive verbals were seen uttering out from the dugout as well.
Watson, in return, was aiming words either and even did not stop in the dugout. The skipper of the RR ordered Watson to go in the dressing room to sort out the matter.
Mitchell Starc and Kieron Pollard, IPL 2014:
It is once again Pollard who was seen in a serious clash against Mitchell Starc of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match was happening at the Wankhede stadium whilst the 2014 season.
Starc bowled a bouncer to Pollard, and it went for a duck when MI were looking for a final push. Before going to his bowling line, Starc spoke out some furious words to Pollard, as a consequence of which the West Indies-based MI batsman got irritated.
Pollard intentionally stepped away from the next delivery and tried to throw the bat towards the bowler. In the end moments, he pulled out of the throw, luckily.
The umpires took control, and even Chris Gayle had to involve to settle the matter out. Pollard was also seen arguing with the RCB captain in the intervals.
Harbhajan Singh vs Ambati Rayudu, IPL 2016:
This incident is kind of different from the other biggest fights in the history of IPL. Both Harbhajan and Ambati Rayudu were playing for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2016.
Following a blip on the field, the two athletes had to change the fuming words, causing tastelessness. However, Harbhajan, who is known for being short-tempered, cooled down and shrugged his hands over the shoulders of the wicketkeeping batter Rayudu in a friendly manner.
The aggressive Rayudu pushed him ahead, shrugging his hands off his shoulders, and walked away. Notably, Rayudu tried his best to stop the boundary, but as he could not, Harbhajan yelled.
Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin, IPL 2019:
In an encounter between the KXIP and the RCB, KXIP’s Ashwin was facing RCB’s Umesh Yadav to chase the remaining 27 runs in an over.
The scenario was almost impossible to chase the victory for KXIP. Ashwin tried his best to hit the six on the first ball of the over but got caught out as the commander Kohli took a magnificent catch near the boundary.
Virat Kohli is known for his famous aggressive celebrations. He did the same then, which annoyed Ashwin. However, the matter was resolved later.
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