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Cricket is commonly considered a sport for gentlemen due to the sportsmanship displayed by players. This tradition has endured over time, albeit with some changes. Despite modernization, cricket still upholds its reputation as a gentleman’s game, even though players may engage in verbal sparring or insults to unsettle their opponents. There is no doubt that the Indian premier league (IPL) is one of the world’s most renowned T20 tournaments. It includes money, a large audience, and premium broadcasting rights, making it one of the richest athletic championships. Verbal sledding or banter is typical during the competition. There have been several instances of players slamming other players or clashing with officials. This blog describes ten such fights that took place during the IPL.

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Top 10 IPL Fights

IPL Fights List
1. Virat Kohli vs Naveen-ul-Haq & Gautam Gambhir   
2. Harbhajan Singh vs Sreesanth  
3. Kieron Pollard vs Dwayne Bravo
4. Mitchell Starc vs Kieron Pollard  
5. Ambati Rayudu vs Harbhajan Singh  
6. Munaf Patel vs Amit Mishra
7. No- Ball issue Rishabh Pant
8. Kieron Pollard argues with umpires   
9. Sourav Ganguly vs Shane Warne
10. MS Dhoni argues with umpires

Virat Kohli vs Naveen-ul-Haq & Gautam Gambhir

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After Gautam Gambhir silenced the Bangalore crowd during RCB’s game against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in match 15 of IPL 2023, fans’ enthusiasm for RCB vs LSG increased. Both teams competed against one another in match 43 at the Ekana Cricket Stadium, and the Challengers won by 18 runs. Naveen-ul-Haq, an LSG bowler, and Kohli had a verbal disagreement after the game during the post-game handshake. When Kyle Mayers later became involved with Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, LSG’s coach, rushed to the scene and attempted to separate the Caribbean batter from the RCB veteran. However, the scene became tense when the RCB veteran and Gambhir got into a verbal spat. Following the incident, the IPL’s governing body fined Kohli and Gambhir 100% of their match fees, while Naveen was fined 50% of his match fee.

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Kohli and Gambhir also had verbal battle ten years ago, in IPL 2013. In KKR vs RCB match, Lakshmipathy Balaji bowled Kohli out for 35. The batsman who was dismissed seemed to find some of the KKR fielder’s banter offensive and struck up a discussion with them. When Gambhir, the captain of Kolkata, charged at Kohli, the situation grew even more tense. It was then a verbal battle. Rajat Bhatia, a KKR outfielder, and one of the on-field umpires then stepped in, and Kohli ultimately left in anger.

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Harbhajan Singh vs Sreesanth

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It happened during the first season of the IPL in 2008. At the Mohali Cricket Stadium, the tenth game of the season was played between the Mumbai Indians and the Kings XI Punjab. The Mumbai Indians chose to bowl first after winning the toss. In 20 overs, the Punjab Kings produced an astounding total of 182. The Mumbai Indians never had a chance in the match; they capitulated under the weight of a massive run chase and lost by 66 runs. 

As the Mumbai Indians lost the game, Sreesanth, one of Punjab’s bowlers, taunted Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan Singh was already upset following a crushing loss. Harbhajan slapped Sreesanth because he annoyed him so badly. The video of the incident did not become viral. Sreesanth’s teary expression, on the other hand, went viral. For the remainder of the season, Harbhajan Singh was suspended. It was then determined that both players had fixed the situation by apologizing.

Kieron Pollard vs Dwayne Bravo

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It happened during the fifth season of the IPL in 2012. At Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, the Chennai Super Kings faced the Mumbai Indians in an elimination match. Chennai Super Kings were asked by Mumbai Indians to open the batting. Chennai Super Kings scored a whopping 187 points. The Mumbai Indians faltered in their run chase, bowing to the pressures of a large run chase and a knockout game. In 13 balls, they needed 59 runs.

Dwayne Bravo was bowling the 18th over, with Kieron Pollard on strike. Bravo would strike out a bouncer. Pollard attempted to cross the fence, but his timing was off, and the ball flew to the long-on zone, where Suresh Raina easily collected the catch. Bravo was overjoyed and decided to have some fun with the dismissal of the batter. He sent Pollard off with a message that their campaign was done and it was time to fly home. Though Pollard did not react to the celebration, the sendoff did not go well with cricket fans or Mumbai Indians fans. It was a strange IPL fight but gained popularity because it featured two of the greatest T20 stars.

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Mitchell Starc vs Kieron Pollard

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In the year 2014, it occurred during the seventh IPL season. At Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians were playing in their 27th game of the year. The toss was won by Royal Challengers Bangalore, who decided to bowl first. Pollard and Stars then exchanged words before Pollard gave the command to turn around and bowl. Pollard retreated as Mitchell Starc charged in. However, Starc persisted in his bowling, which put Pollard in danger.

The furious Pollard then threw the bat in Mitchell Starc’s direction. Due to the player’s high level of mobility, it was a crucial time in the game. The umpires, Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle were forced to interfere to keep things calm. The Mumbai Indians were in a good position after scoring 133/4 at one point. Mitchell Starc was asked to bowl at that point. He blasted in and hit Kieron Pollard with a bouncer.

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Ambati Rayudu vs Harbhajan Singh

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It occurred during the ninth season of the IPL in 2016. The 29th match of the season was played at MCA Stadium in Pune between the Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians. Rising Pune Supergiants was leading comfortably at one point, with 96/2 after 10.2 overs. When Saurabh Tiwary got on a strike, Harbhajan Singh was bowling to him. Ambati Rayudu was fielding the ball in the deep mid-wicket zone. Ambati Rayudu mishandled the ball after it had gone beyond the boundary ropes.

Harbhajan Singh was enraged by Ambati Rayudu’s poor performance. He made some venomous comments. Ambati Rayudu also lost his temper with his teammate. During the match, both players faced off against one another. Harbhajan Singh then attempted to settle the situation by apologizing. However, Rayudu was not pleased with the incident and refused to accept the apology. This one was unique in that it occurred among members of the same team.

Munaf Patel vs Amit Mishra 

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In the 2011 IPL season, the 59th match was held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai between Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians. Deccan Chargers won the toss and decided to bat first, but they faced difficulties on a difficult pitch, finding themselves at 105/6 after 18 overs. The game’s momentum shifted when Amit Mishra came to bat and hit two consecutive boundaries against Munaf Patel bowling. It kind of angered the bowler more. The frustration eventually led to a physical altercation, with both players exchanging verbal and physical abuse during the intense IPL fight.

No-Ball issue Rishabh Pant

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Another significant no-ball issue occurred during the IPL 2022 season when RR faced the Delhi Capitals (DC) in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. In a high-scoring game, DC needed 36 points from the final over. Obed McCoy’s first two deliveries were hit for sixes by Rovman Powell. The third one was similarly sent over the ropes but was a high full toss. The umpires declined Powell’s plea to have them look for a no-ball because he thought it was too high. Captain Rishabh Pant was enraged by the umpire’s ruling and was even spotted telling the batters to leave the cricket pitch in protest. Shardul Thakur, an all-around player, was also upset. Eventually, the game continued and RR won the game by a margin of 15 runs.

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Kieron Pollard argues with umpires

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It occurred during the 12th season of the IPL in 2019. The 16th match of the season was played at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. The toss was won by Royal Challengers Bangalore, who chose to bowl first. An astonishing 209 runs were scored by the Mumbai Indians. During the run chase, Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a slow start. Kieron Pollard attempted to put himself in the shoes of Chris Gayle, who was struggling to find his flow. Meanwhile, Kieron Pollard was warned by the umpire not to bother the batter. Pollard was upset. The umpire received an indirect message after he taped his mouth after a few overs. The umpire was correct in telling Pollard not to repeat the incident.

Sourav Ganguly vs Shane Warne

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During the inaugural IPL season in 2008, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bat first in a match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Rajasthan Royals scored an impressive 196 runs in their 20 overs. KKR’s captain Sourav Ganguly, who was playing well, was dismissed by Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne. Although a fielder caught the ball, Warne questioned whether it was taken cleanly and asked the umpire to review it.

However, the camera angles did not provide conclusive evidence to confirm the catch. This disagreement between the two captains led to a clash, with Ganguly eventually being given out.

MS Dhoni argues with Umpires

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It occurred during the 12th season of the IPL in 2019. The 25th match of the season was played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur between the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals. The Chennai Super Kings bowled well, limiting the Rajasthan Royals to 151 runs. The low score seemed to be an issue for the Chennai Super Kings, who were immediately down to 24/4. In the final over, the score was reduced to 18. MS Dhoni, who well on 58, was dismissed when the equation was reduced to 8 from 3.

Mitchell Santner (the new striker) bowled and end up getting two runs for it. However, the beamer sparked debate. A waist-high ball would usually be judged by the leg umpire. In this situation, however, the primary umpire indicated no ball while the leg umpire did not. MS Dhoni stormed out of the dugout, enraged, and protest the umpire’s judgment. It wasn’t the best thing for a captain to do. The fact that a team’s captain was participating in such an act infuriated a specific segment of cricket fans.

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