Bangalore: 1n 1996, it was the bat-wagging Aamer Sohail who had a run-in with an usually mild-mannered Venkatesh Prasad during the high-voltage India versus Pakistan World Cup quarter final at the Chinnaswamy.
And on Tuesday, Ishant Sharma and Kamran Akmal had something similar.
A fired-up Ishant, who thought he was unlucky not to get rid of Shoaib Malik in the previous delivery, bowled a gem to Kamran. And then he walked up to the Pakistan wicket-keeper-batsman and a ‘chit-chat’ followed.
The heated exchange could have gone out of control but for the timely intervention of umpires S. Ravi and Shamsuddin and Suresh Raina.
In the post-match press conference, both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Mohammed Hafeez played down the incident. Dhoni said: “There was a bit of tension in the middle. There was also a bit of confusion. The bowler said something and the batsman understood something else. We will try to avoid these sort of situations in the future… We are not carrying it off the field.”
On Ishant’s behaviour, Dhoni said: “The good thing was Ishant didn’t abuse.”
Hafeez said that they want to maintain the spirit of the game.
“We are all very positive and we want to play competitive cricket. These incidents happen in the heat of the moment. But the boys understand the sensitivity of the issue. It was good that Kamran realised his mistake. We want to maintain the spirit of the game .