Fights in cricket are not uncommon. But it rarely happens when a cricketer crosses the line and physically assaults a player, be it his own teammate or otherwise. Ben Stokes has crossed that line. The vice-captain for the England cricket team was arrested in Bristol on September 25 for being involved in a fight that gave Strokes a broken finger. A viral video showing the star batsman from England punching a few guys in a dark alley after what can be assumed a conversation gone south. The England and Wales Cricket Board on September 26, dropped Stokes from the 4th ODI at The Oval.
While the incident reflects poorly on the renowned international cricketer, here are three other incidents from the cricketing world which show the gentleman’s game is not so peaceful.
When David Warner Punched Joe Root
Four years ago, David Warner, punched Joe Root in his face at a nightclub in England. The Australian opener was banned for two matches for his assault on Root in the Walkabout Bar in Birmingham City center, which saw him throw a punch at the England batsman after a row over Root using a wig as a fake beard. Telegraph Sport reported at the time that Warner - who had spent the night drinking 'Jäger-bomb’ cocktails and vodka with Red Bull felt Root was making fun of the South African Batsman Hasim Amla
Inzamam ul Haq assaults a spectator
Inzi has often been sledded (????Don’t think this is the appropriate word) and made fun of because of his physique. But playing India in Toronto in 1997, Inzi lost his cool. A spectator had been comparing him to several kinds of potato on a megaphone. Inzi not only assaulted the spectator but an eyewitness account that the Pakistan team's 12th man, Mushtaq Ahmed brought a cricket bat and waited at the boundary. Inzi was later arrested by the Canadian Police.
Matt Prior Vs Dressing room windows
While it may not be a batsman’s fault that he gives away his wicket in a run-out, one does make peace with it. But for Matt Prior, it wasn’t a part of the game. Prior stomped off the ground after a mid-pitch misunderstanding with Ian Bell during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Lords in 2011. The end result was that the calm serenity of Lord’s was shattered, as was the window of the dressing-room. Shards of glass flew down and landed among the spectators seated below, injuring one woman.
Navjot Singh Sidhu punched Gurnam to death
On 27th December 1988, Gurnam Singh along with Jaswinder Singh was headed towards a bank in a Maruti Car. When Gurnam reached near Sheranwala Gate Crossing, he found a Maruti Gypsy blocking the road. According to reports, Sidhu got out along with is friend Sandhu, dragged Gurnam out and gave him fist cuts. Later they fled the scene leaving behind an injured Gurnam and his friend. Gurnam was rushed to a hospital where the doctors declared him dead. A FIR at the Kotwali police station, following which Sidhu and Sandhu were booked for murder.Guess, the newly introduced red card rule will come in handy.