Top 5 Biggest Controversies in the History of IPL

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Controversies and cricket go hand-in-hand and IPL for sure is in the list

Vishal Singh Feb. 11, 2024

Since its launch in 2008, the Indian Premier competition, or IPl, has become the sixth most popular sports competition. It is the only sport that is directly telecasted on YouTube channel by the cash-rich cricket league. Not only does popularity bring with it controversial times. Such disputes are also common in the IPL. Some of them went down quickly, but some remained in the news for a longer period.

Let's check out some of them -

Shahrukh Khan vs the Wankhede security -

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Owner of the KKR franchise and regarded as Bollywood's "Badshah," Sharukh took on the persona of "Bad Shah" during an IPL match in 2012.
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) claims that Sharukh made sounds as he entered the ground while intoxicated. Additionally, he had mistreated the guards, especially Vikas Dalvi, who had warned Sharukh not to go inside the players' changing rooms. Sharukh decided to show off his strength by joining the gang together with his loved ones. There was a lot of agitation as a result, and people were preventing Sharukh from hitting Dalvi.
In self-defense, Sharukh claimed that Dalvi had used derogatory language in Marathi and that he had come to the stadium to pick up his kids.
Sharukh was prohibited by the MCA from using its property for the following five years, up to 2017. After pressure from political circles and the owner of the KKR team, the ban was eventually removed in 2015.

Slapgate controversy -

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It was an IPL 2008 encounter between MI and KXIP. Sreesanth was bowling well, while Harbhajan was having a bad night as Mi's captain.
Sreesanth continued to criticize every MI batsman, including Harbhajan. The match was won by KXIP, and the traditional handshakes were given. Next, as Sreesanth attempted to give Bhajji a handshake, Harbhajan struck him in the face. When Sreesanth was captured on camera, he was crying.

Sreesanth left crying and Harbhajan was suspended for the rest of the season right away. Sree later claimed that it was more of a push of the palm than a slap. After a while, Sree and Bhajji reconciled and reestablished their friendship, but Sreesanth's teary face was in the media for a long time.

Pollard-Starc faceoff -

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In 2014 Kieron Pollard from Mumbai Indians and RCB's pacer Mitchell Starc were involved in a brawl, which is one of the ugliest spats in the history of IPL. In the 17th over of the MI innings, Starc sledged Pollard after he missed his lethal bouncer who in turn returned the compliment by gesturing the Aussie to return to his bowling mark.

In the very next ball, Pollard withdrew to the legside as soon as Starc was about to shoot his spell. Starc got mad and threw the ball towards him which Pollard tackled and skipped. But Pollard also got fierce and charged his bat towards him and by God's grace, luckily the bat didn't hit him.

Gambhir-Kohli fierce face-off -

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When the Kolkata Knight Riders were facing the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli came dangerously close to colliding. At that time, Gambhir was leading KK while Kohli was the rising star in the Indian team.
This incident took place when Kohli got out and Gambhir tried to sledge Kohli. Kohli got angry and charged towards him and both came face to face but team members tried to solve the brawl and separated them.

Spot Fixing Scandal -

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The "Spot Fixing Scandal" that surfaced during the Indian Premier League shook the foundations of cricket in India and had far-reaching effects on the game. Three Indian athletes, S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan, were charged by Delhi Police for spot-fixing and later taken into custody. Ajit Chandila was banned from all forms of cricket by the BCCI in 2016, even though all three players were freed of all allegations after being found not guilty by the Patiala House Courts.

It was also found that the owner of CSK, Gurunath Meiyappan, who is the son-in-law of BCCI chairman N Srinivasan, has connections to bookies. The owners of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were consequently suspended by the RM Lodha Committee, which meant that both clubs would be unable to participate in the IPL for two seasons.