Rohit Sharma © Getty Images (File photo)
Rohit Sharma © Getty Images (File photo)

Jan 18, 2015

Rohit Sharma was involved in an argument with a few Australian players during the second One-Day International (ODI) of the tri-series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Rohit has scored his fifty and has held the innings together after thet had lost a few early wickets. This is not the first time on this tour where he has exchanged verbal volleys with the Australians. During the Brisbane Test, Rohit had a go at Mitchell Johnson, which backfired on India at a critical time.

The incident was sparked after the Indian ran a single off an overthrow the Australians believed came after Warner’s return deflected off Rohit. On the final ball of the 23rd over, bowled by James Faulkner, Rohit pushed to mid-off where it was fielded by Warner.

The batsman took a few steps out of his crease contemplating a single before planting his bat behind the crease. Warner’s throw appeared to miss the batsman but Brad Haddin, perhaps distracted by Rohit’s proximity, missed it and the Indians took off for a single. Glenn Maxwell was first on the scene to remonstrate with Rohit before Warner arrived from his fielding position, speaking as he walked past.

A reply from Rohit caused Warner to stop and the umpires were quickly onto the scene to separate the pair, with Suresh Raina trying to interject himself between Rohit and Warner. The conversation continued into the next over with the new bowler, Shane Watson, also exchanging words.

In this incident, David Warner had thrown towards the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin after Rohit played it through the off-side. The ball went between Rohit’s legs and Haddin missed it as a result. Rohit then called Suresh Raina for a run. This did not go down well with Warner, who argued with Rohit at the end of the over. It continued into the next over, which was bowled by Shane Watson. A few Australians and Rohit kept speaking to each other after a delivery.

With inputs from IANS.

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