Pune - Five previous flashpoints between India and Australia who begin a four-Test series in Pune on Thursday.
Sunny's almighty strop
Indian captain Sunil
Gavaskar suffered a massive meltdown during the 1981 Melbourne Test when
he threatened to forfeit the match after being given out lbw on 70 off
Australian great Dennis Lillee. The batting legend, nicknamed "Sunny",
was adamant that the ball had hit his bat first and remonstrated with
both Lillee and the umpire before reluctantly starting his walk from the
crease while shaking his head vehemently. He instructed bemused fellow
opener Chetan Chauhan to leave with him and the pair headed for the
boundary. A swift intervention from then Indian manager Shahid Durrani
prevented Chauhan from leaving the field which would have resulted in
the visitors conceding the match and incurring a suspension. Gavaskar
later said he regretted his "inexcusable behaviour".
Tendulkar out 'shoulder before'
still rage about an umpiring decision during the 1999 Adelaide Test
that saw the great Sachin Tendulkar dismissed effectively for "shoulder
before wicket". The "Little Master" - who stands at 5-foot-4 (1.65m) -
attempted to duck a Glenn McGrath bouncer, only for the ball to keep low
and hit his left shoulder. Home umpire Daryl Harper had no hesitation
in giving Tendulkar out lbw. Some replays suggested the ball may have
clipped the top of the stumps but most were inconclusive. Tendulkar was
out for a duck and the reliably-partisan Indian media went apoplectic.
The ever-gracious Tendulkar played down the decision, merely saying his
dismissal was a bit disappointing.
Ganguly keeps Waugh waiting
Former India captain
Sourav Ganguly so enraged his opposite number Steve Waugh during India's
2001 tour Down Under that the Australian skipper accused him of a "lack
of respect". Waugh was furious that Ganguly kept turning up late for
the toss. Waugh wrote in his autobiography that he was "wound up" by the
left-handed batsman's "continued petulance". Ganguly, nicknamed the
Prince of Kolkata for the air of superiority that he carried on and off
the field, initially maintained that his tardiness had been a mistake.
Years later though he revealed that he had turned up a few minutes late
on purpose each time to teach the Aussies a lesson for their rude
The 2008 New Year Test
in Sydney was undoubtedly the lowest point in India-Australia cricket
relations. With tempers frayed because of a string of questionable
umpiring decisions and on-field altercations, the "Monkeygate" scandal
erupted - almost causing the tour to be called off. Australia
all-rounder Andrew Symonds accused spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling
him a "monkey". Singh, who denied any wrong-doing, was suspended for
three matches for the alleged racist slur. The ban was overturned when
India threatened to quit the tour, claiming Singh had been wrongly
accused. The allegations prompted India captain Anil Kumble to say that
only one team was playing with the spirit of the game. Australia won the
match and went on to take the series 2-1.
Kohli shows the middle finger
after "Monkeygate" came "Fingergate" when a young and angry Virat Kohli
let the rowdy Sydney Test crowd get to him. Kohli was fielding in the
deep when he was on the receiving end of some unpleasant chants from the
famously vocal fans and responded by flashing the middle finger. It was
caught on camera and Kohli, now captain, was fined 50 percent of his
match fee for bringing the game into disrepute. He later defended his
response on Twitter: "I agree cricketers don't have to retaliate. what
(sic) when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister.
the worst I've heard."