Tuesday, October 2, 2007

International Non-Violence Day?, Tell that to cricketers

On the first ever International Non-Violence Day, things did not go out of control but match officials were on their toes to ensure that sparks flying all over Nehru Stadium does not engulf the second India-Australia cricket One Dayer.
It was the 21st over when Andrew Symonds stepped out to send Harbhajan Singh's second delivery soaring high over the long-on ropes. As the 'Turbanator' completed his over, he apparently had an altercation with Hayden, who was at the non-striker's end and their body language made it obvious that they were not exchanging pleasantries. And Hayden's swagger looked bit prolonged after he brought up his fifty with a mighty six off the off-spinner.
In the 43rd over, the local favourite sreesanth exchanged a few words with Symonds and the drama repeated again in his next over when Sreesanth made a prolonged leg before appeal against Brad Haddin and Symonds had something to say on that from the non-striker's end.

Eventually, Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked up to the pacer, asking him to keep his cool.
Sreesanth finally had his moment when he caught Symonds off his own bowling and went simply delirious. He was screaming at the top of his voice, while Symonds too left not before mouthing his parting.