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The Heat of the Moment: Top 10 On-Field Fights of Gautam Gambhir

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An unusual incident occurred during Legends League cricket between two former Indian cricketers, Gautam Gambhir and Sreesanth. Gambhir was unhappy with Gujarat Giants bowler Sreesanth’s attitude after being hammered for a couple of boundaries and challenged him after the over. They were both embroiled in a fierce argument in Surat that sparked a big uproar even after they buried their differences on the ground.

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Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir and pace bowler Sreesanth both had contentious careers. While on the pitch, Gambhir had multiple on-field altercations. The aggressive style of Gautam Gambhir and fast reaction to any scenario have resulted in several fights on the field of cricket with teammates as well as opponents from other countries. Let’s take a look at the ten times Gambhir has used words to challenge a player on the pitch.

Top 10 On-Field Fights of Gautam Gambhir

Player Names Year
Gautam Gambhir vs Andre Nel 2005
Gautam Gambhir vs Shahid Afridi 2007
Gautam Gambhir vs Shane Watson 2008
Gautam Gambhir vs Simon Katich 2008
Gautam Gambhir vs Kamran Akmal 2010
Gautam Gambhir vs Virat Kohli 2013
Gautam Gambhir vs Mohammad Irfan 2013
Gautam Gambhir vs Manoj Tiwary 2015
Gautam Gambhir vs Virat Kohli 2023
Gautam Gambhir vs Sreesanth 2023

Gautam Gambhir vs Andre Nel in 2005

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Andre Nel is another one of the great personalities to have played in international cricket. Nel was a ferocious speed bowler who enjoyed being aggressive against hitters. Gautam Gambhir was riding high after scoring his maiden ODI ton just three innings before. India lost Sachin Tendulkar early in their chase of a modest total of 170 runs in 50 overs. Andre Nel was attempting to apply pressure, but Gambhir was also challenging him. He hooked a shot for a superb boundary that made Nel uneasy. After a few deliveries, Gambhir and Nel exchanged a few words, causing the umpires to step in and mediate.

Gautam Gambhir vs Shahid Afridi in 2007

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Source: Hindustan Times

A major verbal brawl erupted at Kanpur’s Green Park between two of the best international cricketers. India and Pakistan have historically had a contentious relationship, and this game saw maybe the worst use of language in a battle. Gambhir clashed with Shahid Afridi while running a rapid single, prompting the Pakistani all-rounder, and both went on to unleash the worst choice of words for each other. During the game, the fans also joined Gambhir.

Gautam Gambhir vs Shane Watson in 2008

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Source: Times Now

The Australian squad opted to charge up Gautam Gambhir during his time at the crease during the Border-Gavaskar series in 2008. Shane Watson went a little too far in his sledding. Watson pushed his elbow out to distract Gambhir when he was taking a run close to the Australian all-rounder after exchanging a few words. Gambhir retaliated by pushing his elbow into Watson’s ribcage. They were both penalized for their behavior.

Gautam Gambhir vs Simon Katich in 2008

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Source: ESPNcricinfo.com

Following Shane Watson, Simon Katich took on Gautam Gambhir. The Indian opener hit 206 runs in his innings, and Australia’s strategy backfired spectacularly. While on the run, Gambhir and Katich collided. Katich appeared to be making a concerted attempt to prevent Gambhir from running the second. Later, these two came up against each other and got into a furious dispute, which had to be stopped by umpires.


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Gautam Gambhir vs Kamran Akmal in 2010

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Source: Times Now

Gautam Gambhir’s feelings for Pakistan are well known. After Shahid Afridi, it was Kamran Akmal’s time. Gautam Gambhir was irritated by one of Pakistan’s heated appeals during a key Asia Cup match. Gambhir then quarreled with Kamran Akmal during the drinks break, resulting in a clash between the two important personalities in the game. Umpires were called in yet again to help calm the tension.

Gautam Gambhir vs Virat Kohli in 2013

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Source: Hindustan Times

It was a first of its sort to see Indian superstars sharing the dressing room and competing furiously on the pitch. Gautam Gambhir’s over-aggressive celebration of his wicket upset Virat Kohli during an IPL 2013 match. RCB captain Virat Kohli was coming back to the dressing room when he turned to face KKR captain Gautam Gambhir, and they exchanged a few words. Rajat Bhatia intervened between the players to break up the dispute.

Gautam Gambhir vs Mohammad Irfan in 2013

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Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir struggled against Pakistan’s big bowler, Mohammad Irfan. Gautam was dismissed twice by the left-arm bowler in the series, and Gambhir struggled against Mohammad Irfan in the three-match ODI series. In the series, a dominating Irfan employed sledding as a weapon against Gautam Gambhir. Later, in the media, Irfan said, “I ended Gautam Gambhir’s career in international cricket.”

Gautam Gambhir vs Manoj Tiwary in 2015

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Image Source: The Tribune India

Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary were both involved in a nasty brawl during a Ranji Trophy match. Manoj Tiwary stepped out to bat without a helmet, but as the over progressed, he noticed a pacer at the other end. Tiwary motioned for a helmet, which Gambhir dismissed as a time-wasting technique. This sparked a tremendous word battle between the two, and the language transcended all boundaries. From both ends, it was all ‘See you outside’ mode.


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Gautam Gambhir vs Virat Kohli in 2023

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Source: Hindustan Times

In the previous season of the IPL, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli rekindled their old rivalry. Virat Kohli sledded Naveen-ul-Haq, who came into bat for Lucknow in a low-scoring chase against RCB. When Naveen had an aggressive handshake with Virat after the game, this went a little too far. Virat then began conversing with Kyle Mayers. Gambhir yanked Mayers out of the talk and yelled at Virat. All three were later punished for their match fees.

Gautam Gambhir vs Sreesanth in 2023

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Source: Free Press Journal

Gautam Gambhir recently got into a brawl with his old Indian colleague Sreesanth during a Legends League cricket match. Gambhir hammered Sreesanth for a few boundaries before giving Gambhir a lengthy gaze. Gambhir was not satisfied with Sreesanth’s attitude, so he confronted him after the over ended, and umpires were called in to intercede. According to Sreesanth, Gambhir told him, ‘F**k you fixer.’


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