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Ponting, Zaheer get into verbal spat

Friday, October 01, 2021
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Mohali: He talked about keeping it a controversy-free series but Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was himself at the center of an on-field showdown when he had a heated exchange with Indian pacer Zaheer Khan after being dismissed on the opening day of the first Test of India-Australia Test series.


Ricky Ponting exchanges words with Zaheer Khan after being run out by Suresh Raina. © AFP

The incident occurred in the 42nd over which was being bowled by Harbhajan Singh.

Shane Watson pushed the fourth ball of that over towards mid-wicket and called Ponting, who was batting on 71, for a quick single.

Before the Australian skipper could make his ground, Suresh Raina's throw hit the stumps.

After third umpire Sanjay Hazare adjudged him run-out, Ponting was walking back towards the pavilion when he turned back after hearing some comments from Zaheer.

With the Indian players standing in a pack, Ponting walked back towards them pointing the bat at them when umpire Billy Bowden intervened and sent the Aussie skipper back to the pavilion.

Interestingly, on Thursday at the pre-match media conference, Ponting had said that he doesn't want any negativity or bad blood during the series as world cricket is still suffering in the wake of the spot-fixing controversy involving the Pakistan trio of Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamir and Salman Butt.

"I have told my boys what should be the line. I can tell that my dressing room knows what’s their line," Ponting told the reporters on Thursday.

PTI
 


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