If everything had gone as per plan, and there was no COVID-19, cricket fans would have been enjoying IPL 2020 by now. But what we are facing now is complete lockdown of India. Nevertheless, if you are missing IPL or cricket in general, here are few top controversies that rocked IPL.
Harbhajan Singh slaps Sreesanth
IPL 2008 started with a controversy surrounding Harbhajan Singh of Mumbai Indians and S Sreesanth of Kings XI Punjab. Harbhajan slapped Sreesanth and the latter was caught on camera, crying bitterly while his teammates consoled him. Harbhajan was banned for the remaining season and was fined his entire match fees. Years later, Sreesanth dug up old skeletons by tweeting about the incident.
The spot-fixing saga
The 2013 IPL saw one of its worst controversies hitting the cash-rich T20 event threatening to erode the principles of gentleman’s game. S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila of Rajasthan Royals were arrested on charges of spot-fixing. Sreesnath, Chavan were banned for life. Gurunath Meiyappan, a top official of Chennai Super Kings, also came under scrutiny. Subsequently, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned for two years.
Lalit Modi’s expulsion
He is credited for the birth of Indian Premier League. But he became larger than his image and was sacked in 2010 as IPL chairman following allegations about fraud and mismanagement of funds. Modi lives in London and continues to avoid arrest.
SRK’s fight at Wankhede
Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood Superstar and KKR owner, found himself in the middle of controversy when he had a scuffle with a security guard at Wankhede in Mumbai in 2012 IPL during one of the matches. The picture where SRK is arguing with the guard made it to the headlines the next days. Mumbai Cricket Association alleged Shah Rukh Khan misbehaved with security and banned him from entering the stadium for five years.
MS Dhoni loses his cool!
In a tense chase against Rajasthan Royals, CSK skipper MS Dhoni lost his cool and walked out in the middle to confront the on-field umpire who reversed his no ball call. Dhoni later said he walked into the field to seek clarifications on the no ball. CSK went on to win through a last-ball six from Mitchell Santner. But Dhoni’s reaction was criticised by all and he was even fined for his behaviour.