6. Sreesanth after getting slapped by Harbhajan Singh in IPL
This incident happened in the 2008 IPL during a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. Harbhajan was the stand-in captain for MI for the first three games, which he lost. While MI were batting, KXIP’s Sreesanth gave a fiery send-off to one MI batsman.
This incident, along with previous losses, angered Harbhajan. When both the teams were shaking hands, Harbhajan slapped Sreesanth right in the face. Sreesanth was taken aback by this incident and he cried on the field.
The match referee handed Harbhajan an entire IPL season ban. Bhajji couldn’t even claim his entire season’s salary. Later BCCI also handed Harbhajan five-ODI suspension. Bhajji later apologized to Sreesanth and ended the matter.
7. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma after India’s exit in the 2019 WC semi-final
India were one of the favorites to lift the 2019 World Cup. They responded right as they topped the group with losing only one match against England. Another group game between India and New Zealand was cancelled due to rain.
In the semi-final, India faced New Zealand. The Kiwis put up a competitive score of 239/8 from 50 overs. India were favorites to win the game. But what followed later was a total disaster. The entire batting unit collapsed as India were reduced to 5/3 and then 24/4.
Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya tried to steady the ship but failed. With Pant down, India became 71/5 and after Hardik fell, they were 92/6. But then came a miracle as Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni started a comeback.
When Jadeja fell, India were 208/7 and everyone thought that finisher Dhoni would take India home. But a straight throw from Martin Guptill broke the stumps leaving Dhoni just inches away. While walking back to the pavilion, Dhoni cried on the field. Even Rohit Sharma was seen crying in the dressing room after Dhoni’s dismissal. India eventually lost the game by 18 runs and exited the World Cup.