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Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi (India vs. Pakistan, 2007)


The India-Pakistan rivalry has always been fiery, and Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi took it up a notch in 2007. During an ODI in Kanpur, a heated exchange led to a physical confrontation between the two. Both players were fined and reprimanded, but no bans were issued.

Mitchell Starc and Kieron Pollard (IPL, Mumbai Indians vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2014)


In an IPL clash, Mitchell Starc and Kieron Pollard’s tempers exploded. Starc bowled a bouncer, Pollard pulled away, and words were exchanged. Pollard then threw his bat towards Starc in frustration. The aftermath saw both players fined, but no bans were handed down.

Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels (Big Bash League, Melbourne Stars vs. Melbourne Renegades, 2013)


During a Big Bash League match, Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels had a heated on-field spat that escalated quickly. Warne grabbed Samuels’ shirt, and Samuels retaliated by throwing his bat. Warne was fined and banned for one match, while Samuels received a fine.

Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh (India vs. Australia, 2008)


 The infamous “Monkeygate” scandal during the Sydney Test in 2008 saw Andrew Symonds accusing Harbhajan Singh of racial abuse. This led to a massive controversy, with Harbhajan initially handed a three-match ban, which was later overturned on appeal.

Glenn McGrath and Ramnaresh Sarwan (Australia vs. West Indies, 2003)


In a 2003 Test match, Glenn McGrath and Ramnaresh Sarwan had a nasty exchange. McGrath’s verbal attack on Sarwan turned personal, leading to a heated argument. The incident was highly publicized, but no formal bans were issued, only fines.

Gautam Gambhir and Shane Watson (India vs. Australia, 2008)


Another Gambhir incident, this time with Australia’s Shane Watson during a 2008 Test in Delhi. The confrontation escalated when Gambhir elbowed Watson while running between the wickets. Gambhir was banned for one match, while Watson received a fine.

Dennis Lillee and Javed Miandad (Australia vs. Pakistan, 1981)


In one of the most iconic clashes, Dennis Lillee and Javed Miandad squared off in 1981. Lillee kicked Miandad, who responded by brandishing his bat as if to hit Lillee. Both players received fines, but no bans were imposed.

Michael Clarke and James Anderson (Australia vs. England, 2013)


During the 2013 Ashes series, Michael Clarke and James Anderson had a heated exchange, with Clarke famously telling Anderson to “get ready for a broken f***ing arm.” Clarke was fined for his aggressive language, but no bans followed.

Andrew Flintoff and Yuvraj Singh (England vs. India, 2007)


In the 2007 T20 World Cup, Andrew Flintoff and Yuvraj Singh had a verbal spat that fired up Yuvraj, leading to his iconic six sixes in an over against Stuart Broad. The confrontation itself didn’t result in any bans or fines but became a legendary part of cricket history.

Virat Kohli and Mitchell Johnson (India vs. Australia, 2014)


During the 2014 Test series between India and Australia, tempers flared between Virat Kohli and Mitchell Johnson. After Johnson threw the ball at Kohli, hitting him on the body, Kohli responded with a fiery on-field confrontation. The verbal exchange was intense, with both players showing no signs of backing down. No formal bans were issued, but the incident added to the intense rivalry between the two cricketing giants.

These incidents remind us that cricket, while a game of skill and strategy, can sometimes boil over with raw emotion and fierce competition. Each of these clashes has left an indelible mark on the sport, adding to its rich tapestry of memorable moments. Filled with drama and passion, these highlight the fierce competitive spirit that makes cricket such a captivating sport.

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