Kolkata, May 4: One would wonder what is wrong with Gautam Gambhhir. The Kolkata Knight Riders captain has again showed his angry face on the cricket field. First an ugly spat with Virat Kohli and this time he has shamed himself by having a go at Rahul Dravid during the IPL 2013 match on Friday night (May 3) at Eden Gardens.
The game between KKR and Rajasthan Royals was marred by this disgraceful incident when captain Gambhir and his team-mate Manvinder Bisla fired few words at Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane and umpire had to intervene to defuse the tension. Dravid was no way at fault.
It all happened during KKR's batting when it began with Shane Watson eye-balling Bisla on the last ball of the 4th over. Watson bowled a dot ball to Bisla and fielding the ball, the Australian showed his aggression and gave a stare to Bisla. The over ended and before the start of the next, Gambhir and Bisla began to target Dravid on the incident.
The duo began to fire angry words at the RR skipper even as he began to walk towards his fielding spot. Bisla even pointed his hand towards Dravid as the latter kept walking next to the pitch. Gambhir hurled abuse at Dravid even as he was moving away from the pair. Rahane came in and pulled Bisla back and umpire Kumar Dharmasena too joined. Bisla kept talking to Rahane and Dravid returned and got him away. As that was happening, Watson kept saying few words from his fielding position. It all ended there but those scenes were not good to watch.
Why does Gambhir have to target Dravid, the gentleman. Dravid has carried himself with exceptional behaviour on the field during this illustrious international career. "The Wall" is a role model for every cricketer and it was not right on Gambhir's part to sledge the former Indian skipper.
This was the second time in IPL 6 that Gambhir has had a spat on the field. He and his Delhi team-mate Kohli faced off in Bangalore before Rajat Bhatia intervened.
As Gambhir said after Kohli spat, "Cricket is a man's game and not played by the boys. It's played the hard way and with the hard ball and these things happen in the heat of the moment." But remember, cricket is a gentleman's game too.
For the record, Gambhir's team KKR won by 8 wickets but the left-hander lost out many fans for his misbehaviour.