This has to be one of the most comic incidents yet infamous and controversial in its way. It was the fourth day of the second Test between New Zealand and England at Christchurch in February 1978. And the players involved were England cricketers Geoff Boycott and Ian Botham.

England were touring New Zealand after the Pakistan series with Boycott taking over the reins of captaincy from Mike Brearley, as the latter was injured. It was somewhat a dream come true for Boycott but he faced a tough job, as his relationship with his teammates wasn’t really great.

The first Test was a forgettable affair for the English players as they were bowled out for 64 when chasing a target of 137, handing the Kiwis their first win over England after 46 long years.

In the second Test, a 22-year old Botham came into the picture in the first innings and scored a century to drive off their misery at Christchurch. England managed to get a lead of 183 runs and in the second innings, England in need of quick runs to had to show enough urgency to bowl the New Zealanders out and level the series.

Brian Rose opened with Boycott and fell for seven with only 25 run on the board. Derek Randall came in to get things moving but was run out. Next came the big fellow, Botham at number four. He by vice-captain Bob Willis with the aim of quick runs – and also with a specific order from Willis to “go and run the bugger [Boycott] out”.

And Botham’s entry into the pitch did pay off as he called for one of the most dubious singles. By the time Boycott realised as in what was happening, it was too late and Botham had run past to the non-striker’s end.

“He never stood a chance,” admitted Botham later. “What have you done, what have you done,” said the livid Boycott. Botham’s response – allegedly, “I’ve run you out, you ****” – has gone down in folklore. “I couldn’t look at him,” Botham added. “I cracked up and had to go for a walk around the back of the umpire.”

The feud continued the next morning and whenever Boycott wanted to send messages to Botham, he did it through his fielders. England eventually won the match as New Zealand were bowled out for 105. The Boycott-Botham row is still fresh and it’s believed that they are still not on speaking terms.