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In the wake of Twenty20 cricket, many red-hot moments have been witnessed on the field, especially between a bowler and a batsman. One of the most fiery moments is when a bowler shires at the stumps and eventually ends up hitting the batsman. One such incident was spotted in the ongoing First-Class match between Australia A and India A at Brisbane, where Indian pacer Shardul Thakur annoyed the Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft by throwing the pink cherry at him. Bancroft offered a straight bat to a delivery from Thakur, who in anger collected it and threw at the batsman in anger. He did it again to Joe Burns and on both the occasions, the ball eventually ended up hitting the batsman.

If one introspects Banroft’s incident, the ball surely hit batsman at a great speed. Well, it was not clear that whether the ball struck his pads or bat but there was not any knee jerk reaction. The response was gentle from both the players. Thakur immediately apologised to Bancroft and the Australian batter too responded in a sporting way without showing any aggression. To be fair, Bancroft was also standing out of the batting crease.

Later, Bancroft was dismissed by Varun Aaron for a score of 10. After some time, a similar incident took place between Thakur and Joe Burns. But on this occasion, Thakur did not apologise. In fact, he appealed for obstructing the field, which was denied by the umpire. This time, the throw was probably going towards the wicket, which was stopped by Burns movement. To be fair, there was nothing wrong in Thakur trying to aim the stumps but when it hit the batsman, he should have apologised. He did not do that and that may attract criticism.

Such reactions by bowlers are more often witnessed by pace bowlers  in the recent times, especially by the Australian fast-bowler Mitchell Starc. He was part of that controversial wicket of Ben Stokes last year and similar instance was seen during 2014 edition of Indian Premier League, which made Caribbean batsman Kieron Pollard furious as he raised his bat against him.

It also shows how the game has evolved over the years. Not just aggression but one should also look the sporty gesture by both the Australian batsman.

Looking at the other aspect of this incident, it would have created a controversy had umpire given Burns out for obstructing the field. The latest incident to attract massive controversy was during the second One-Day between England and Australia at Lord’s on September 5, 2015, where Ben Stokes tried to save himself from a throw by Starc. Stokes was eventually given out by the third umpire, which attracted a lot of criticism around the globe.

Well, it is good that nothing controversial happened between Australia A and India A but some action can be expected against Thakur. Also, after looking at both the aspects of the game, bowlers should try to control their aggression when it comes to throwing the ball at the batsman as it may end up injuring them. Also, Thakur’s aggression is probably the result of former Australian pacer Jeff Thomson‘s advise, who told him to be aggressive before touring West Indies for Indian Test team. Thakur didn’t get the chance to perform there for the Indian side but seems like he has taken Thomson’s advise very seriously in this tour of Australia.

Later, Australia A side were all out for 228, falling two run short from India A’s total of first innings, which was 230. The highest scorer from Australian line up was Peter Handscomb who made a quick 87 from 93 balls. At the end of second day’s play of the match, India A was leading with 46-runs with the loss of two wickets. Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey will resume India A’s batting on Day 3 of the match.