In the ongoing series between India and England, we have witnessed a few altercations between players on the field. The majority of the times it has Virat Kohli in between all the altercations as we observed during the T20I series how Jos Buttler and Virat Kohli exchanged words after Jos Buttler’s dismissal.
But this time it wasn’t the Indian captain between the altercation we saw today but it was Hardik Pandya, a person who admirers Virat Kohli and is often seen maintaining the same level of fitness as the Indian skipper. The incident took place during the 2nd ODI at Pune when Sam Curran was bowling to Hardik Pandya.
Hardik Pandya And Sam Curran Engage In A Heated Altercation During 2nd ODI
After Hardik Pandya took on Sam Curran in the 46th over of the innings, Sam Curran bowled a short of a good length delivery which Hardik Pandya failed to connect as it was collected by Jos Buttler behind the wickets. In the follow-through, Sam Curran exchanged a word or two with Hardik and walked away after which we witnessed that Hardik Pandya ran behind Sam Curran to ask what was being said.
Soon as the umpires realised that the altercation could turn ugly, Virender Sharma stepped in to separate both the players. In the replays, there was nothing much revealed as the exchange of words was inaudible. Nonetheless, the apparent exchange of words didn’t affect Hardik Pandya as he played a quickfire knock of 35 runs off 16 deliveries before getting dismissed by Reece Topley.
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Talking about India’s batting, the openers were dismissed within 10 overs of the innings as Virat Kohli and KL Rahul rebuild the innings from 37/2 to 158/3 until Kohli’s dismissal. KL Rahul went on to score his 5th ODI century as India finished with 336/6 at the end of 50 overs.