New Delhi: Two rival captains Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary nearly came to exchanging blows during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Bengal, here on Saturday at Feroz Shah Kotla ground. Situation came to such a pass that umpire K Srinath had to come between the two players as Gambhir moved towards Tiwary to hit him and he also came charging at the Delhi skipper.
In fact Gambhir even pushed umpire Srinath, who was trying to get him out of the way to hit Tiwary. Touching umpire is a grave offence in cricket, which could invite a ban. The incident happened in 7.1 over when Partha Sarathi Bhattacharjee got out of Manan Sharma’s bowling and Tiwary came in to bat at No. 4 wearing a cap.
Tiwary first took guard and was about to take strike. But he stopped the bowler and signalled at the dressing room to bring his helmet as a pacer was operating from the other end. Delhi players felt that it was a deliberate time wasting tactic.
Gambhir then got into the action and started abusing the Bengal skipper, who then retaliated. Suddenly all hell broke loose as Gambhir said “Shaam ko mil tujhe maroonga And Tiwary retorted, saying “Shaam kya abhi bahar chal.”
Umpire Srinath then sprinted from bowler’s end. Both the players should be ban life time.