World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lesson

first_imgThe 2019 ICC World Cup is around the corner and as much as the fans of the game remember the highs and lows on the field, the heroic efforts of champions and the conquests of great cricket nations, a few controversial moments also spring to mind.From the hilarious exchange between Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More and Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad, to the equally iconic moment of Venkatesh Prasad punching the air in delight after dismissing Aamer Sohail just after being sledged, the Cricket World Cup has seen plenty of spicy moments.The case of Shane Warne having to go back home after testing positive for a banned substance also goes down as one of the most infamous incidents of the World Cup’s history.Another Australian’s antics too caused quite a stir as Adam Gilchrist scored a century with a squash ball in his glove. Other competing teams raised questions on the issue as Australia lifted their fourth straight World Cup.1992 – Miandad mocks More appealIndian wicket-keeper Kiran More was involved in a controversy in the match against Pakistan, which India ended up winning by 43 runs.More’s over-enthusiastic appeal for a leg-side catch of Javed Miandad, brought out one of the most hilarious reactions from the Pakistan batsman.So as to mock the Indian wicket-keeper, Miandad proceeded to jump up and down at his crease. The incident has gone down in the history books as one of the funniest at the Cricket World Cup.Some words were also said between the two, which has since been lost to history. The umpires reported the matter to the match referee, who in turn asked the tour managers to sort the matter.advertisement1996 – Prasad gives perfect reply to ShohailThe Aamer Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad exchange has attained cult status as a sign of the rivalry of between the two neighbouring countries – India and Pakistan.In the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal against India in Bengaluru, Pakistan were going great guns in their chase of 287, with Sohail keeping the scorers busy. After he brought up his fifty with an eye-catching push to the extra-cover boundary, some words were exchanged between Prasad and Sohail.Sohail pointed at the cover boundary, suggesting that there is where he would be hitting the next ball, as boos rained down from the stands at the Chinnaswamy.Venkatesh Prasad though had the last laugh, as in a dramatic change of fortunes, Sohail lost his timber the very next ball. Prasad had a few things to say this time and gave Sohail a mouthful and a send-off as the as the Bengaluru crowd erupted in joy.2003 – Shane Warne sent back from World CupThe might of the Australian team, in 2003 was tested when their star leg-spinner Shane Warne tested positive for a banned diuretic drug, known as Moduretic. The drug is generally used to treat hypertension, high blood pressure and fluid retention.ICC had banned the drug as can act as a masking agent for steroids and Warne was subsequently banned from the World Cup and had to fly back to Australia and that too in the middle of the tournament.2007 – Gilchrist’s squash ballAdam Gilchrist scored 149 off 104 balls and was instrumental in taking Australia to a 53-run victory Sri Lanka in the final of the 2007 edition of the World Cup.After reaching his hundred, Gilchrist raised his left hand to show off his glove, which had a prominent lump in the middle.The Australian wicket-keeper batsman later clarified that he had stuck a squash ball into the glove. The news infuriated the other teams as they questioned the legality or fairness of the move.”I’d been using this little device on the advice of a batting coach back in Perth. Often, he’d get me to put this squash ball in my bottom hand, and basically, it’s about putting the glove on, and my coach told me, ‘Try not to grip the bat too much with those last two, maybe three, fingers’,” Gilchrist had said in an interview with ICC.Australia won their fourth straight World Cup as Gilchrist and the squash ball was the hero.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli won’t be affected by IPL performance, says Kuldeep YadavAlso Seelast_img read more