Updated: October 25, 2015 8:24:52 am
There was high drama at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday when skippers Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary were involved in a heated altercation on Day 3 of the Ranji Trophy contest between Delhi and Bengal.
Both Gambhir and Tiwary have been fined after the on-field umpires reported the incident to the match-referee. While Gambhir was fined 70% of his match-fee for a level II offence, Tiwary was charged with level I offence and docked 40%.
The incident took place in the eighth over of the Bengal innings when Tiwary walked out to bat with the scoreboard reading 2/2. Delhi spinner Manan Sharma was bowling with close-in fielders making plenty of noise.
It is learnt that Tiwary asked for silence before he took guard. The umpire, meanwhile, asked him to take guard. Delhi, however, remained chirpy and a fielder said something to Tiwary.
The right-hander was not amused and shot back. Hearing Tiwary’s “abusive” reply, Gambhir,standing at first-slip, intervened and all hell broke loose. The Delhi skipper charged aggressively towards his Bengal counterpart, at which umpire K. Srinath had to intervene.
‘The line was crossed’
After the day’s play, Tiwary said things got personal. “I did not do anything. Everything is recorded. I was quiet, and went out to bat. He (Gambhir) is a senior and as a youngster I have a lot of respect for what he has done for the country, and I always give that respect. But I don’t like when someone says something that crosses the line.”
Gambhir, meanwhile, expressed surprise at reports that he had pushed an on-field umpire. The Delhi captain also denied there had been a verbal exchange. He said,
“After conceding the first innings lead, we were keen to press home the advantage. The match was well poised and we got fielders around Manoj. At this point, he started taking longer than usual to face the next ball. My team-mates urged Manoj to refrain from wasting time. Instead of getting on with his batting he started abusing some of the Delhi players. I intervened and told him what I thought about his demeanour, and this in turn led to a verbal exchange. The umpires did a wonderful job of calming the situation and the matter ended.”
He also denied that he had threatened to beat Manoj and said the match referee had video evidence which showed Tiwary was pushing Delhi bowler Pradeep Sangwan. Delhi coach Vijay Dahiya played down the incident. “I think it’s alright. It’s a close game and both captains are trying to win the game. It’s not the first time and it will not be the last time for sure,” he adds.
Brief scores: 357 & 47/3 (Manoj Tiwary 21 batting, Aamir Gani 10 batting). Delhi: 249 in 101.2 overs (Milind Kumar 77; Pragyan Ojha 4/77, Ashoke Dinda 3/59).
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