‘Harbhajan out of line, but Rayudu worsened the situation’, feels Mohammad Kaif on duo’s on-field spat
Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu in happier times during the match. Image courtesy: IANS.

Indian Premier League (IPL) has never been devoid of controversies. A lot has happened in the past around the cash-rich league that has brought disrepute to it. In this season, another controversy erupted when Mumbai Indians (MI) team-mate Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu got into an ugly altercation during MI’s match against Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). VIDEO: When Mumbai Indians teammates Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu almost got into an on-field fight.

The incident took place when Rayudu’s valiant diving effort on the boundary line could not avert a four off Harbhajan’s bowling. The furious bowler then badmouthed Rayudu, who charged angrily towards his senior seeing the abuses come his way. At this instant, Harbhajan showed his maturity and pacified Rayudu, who still refused to budge. Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who has turned into a cricket analyst these days, has now come up with his view on this matter.

In the latest post on his blog on Kaifsays.com, Kaif has kept his opinion on the matter, saying “To be perfectly frank, it’s not unusual for a bowler to behave the way that Harbhajan did after Rayudu misfielded. It’s actually quite common for bowlers to get aggravated when they see their good work being undone by a lapse in the field, and this wasn’t the first time that Harbhajan had lost his temper at his teammate.”

He further said that the bowlers are often under a lot of pressure to take wickets and save runs, and when their efforts go in vain through no fault of theirs, they tend to lose their calm. So it was an expected behaviour on Harbhajan’s part but the way Rayudu responded was uncalled for. “Yes, Harbhajan did seem to have mouthed a few abusive words and no one wants to be at the receiving end of a tirade like that. But seeing Rayudu continue looking aggrieved despite Harbhajan’s conciliatory gestures was a bit baffling for me to be honest.”