Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Mumbai April 27, 2013

Harbhajan goes Gangnam

The Plays of the Day from the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mumbai
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The celebration
It must not be fun for bowlers world over watching Chirs Gayle hitting their ilk. Harbhajan Singh spoke for them all when he dismissed Gayle, caught at cow corner, and broke into his own version of the Gangnam dance, a celebration Gayle introduced the cricketing world to. His performance might not quite thrill Psy, but Harbhajan kept on with it. It was a mix of Gangnam and the Bhangra. It was oppa Bhangnam-style.

The field position
A regulation slip is one in hand, a wide slip is two in the bush. As with birds so with cricket: two in the bush are likely to fly away. For the third time today - twice in the Royals-Sunrisers match - three different captains paid the price for keeping two in the bush. In the first match, Shane Watson added 82 after edging between the keeper and the wide slip, Amit Mishra added 15, and in this game Sachin Tendulkar got away with one and added 21 off 12 thanks to it. Not worth saving the single, is it?

The slip
Jaydev Unadkat, part of the losing side in the Ranji final a few months ago at Wankhede Stadium, got off to an inauspicious - and a painful - start. Running into bowl his first ball of the night, he landed badly. The back foot slipped along its side, and he ended up on his backside. Coming down when not in control of your body and running at that pace can end up ugly. Luckily, Unadkat didn't cause himself any damage, and continued bowling.

The run-outs
In the 18th over of a Twenty20 innings, when the ball is hit to the right of extra cover, most fielders are happy to concede the single lest any fancy stunt concedes a second. Not Virat Kohli. When Dinesh Karthik drove to his right, Kohli charged at it, swooped, threw while moving off balance, and hit the stump to catch the batsman short.

The next ball was hit straight to Kohli, and he hit the stumps again. Ambati Rayudu was sent back by Pollard this time, and would have been in had not the bowler, Vinay Kumar, inadvertently pushed the bat out while backing up for the throw. There are some captains who wouldn't have appealed, but Kohli doesn't ask for a quarter on the field, and wasn't giving one. The replays showed the bat had never landed behind the crease, and Rayudu had to go back.

The top edge
In the eighth over of the match, Karthik top-edged a pull that went for a six. It said a lot about the good bounce in the pitch, about the thickness of the bat's edge, but also about the size of the field. The six was only 64 metres long, 4.57 metres more than the shortest boundary allowed in international cricket.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • himanshu.team on April 29, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Both Bhajji and Virat do not have the temperament that is required at this level. Batsmen hit bowlers, Bowlers get batsmen, and crowds boo and cheer the cricketers. All of it is part and parcel of the game. Virat should have withdrawn his appeal, when he knew Raydu could not get in because of Vinay Kumar. He would have got applause for it from the crowd. But he himself did something that cannot be termed sporting in any sense. If that is the way you play, do not expect any favors from the crowd either.

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    To all who think Harbhajan did wrong celebration, then what about Ganguly's shirt off incident in 2002. If Ganguly was right then Bhajji too.

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Move on Virat. I dont support the Mumbai crowd behaviour but at the same time, these are not international matches where they have to support all Indians.

    They are there to support their teams, and boo the opposition at slightest opportunity. Stop.

    Any city crowd will do it. Its IPL. Mumbai crowd will love Pollard more than Virat just like Bagalore crowd will love Gayle more than Sach.. oops, Rohit Sharma!

  • captainpermod on April 29, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Come On Kohli, You are considered to lead the side in future. Sentimental approach will make you vulnerable against stornger oppositions. You are perfomring like a champion with bat but your behaviour so far does not match with your performance. Learn from SRT, he stays calm and intected his image as a great cricketer throughout his career. Learn fast, before you become next Andre Nel of India.

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Nothing wrong in celebrating. But mocking is in bad taste. Be original, like Bravo if you want to celebrate but donot mock pls.

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Cheering and Jeering are part of the game. Why complain, just move on! Kholi's words and reaction don't seem to match! By nature fans are biased. I bet some Bangalore or Chennai audience would have reacted the same way if not for this, but for some similar incidence.

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    gayle is bhajji's bunny[remember 2011 champions league final]

  • vxttemp on April 28, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Bhajji shouldn't have done that. But how many of you remember Sachin getting out the same way in 1999 against pakistan in calcutta and the entire Eden gardens was emptied to continue the test match? If you blame Mumbai how do you define Kolkatta's incident. Whole India was unhappy, not just Kolkatta and we were all proud about Eden gardens reaction back then. It is no different to what Mumbai did. The only difference being it is against another Indian. As far as I know, rule is rule for all. It is not all about technically doing right. We are humans and we should not go by pure rules. Batsmen don't run for over throws when the throws hits them and goes. What Virat did is not how you define Indians. Mumbai rightly objected to Virat's

  • dummy4fb on April 28, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    gayle's 175* = harbajan's gangnam

  • tickcric on April 28, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    @ VancouverPunekar. I agree. It was mocking Gayle's version of Gangnam. Obviously it was unnecessary but then that's Harbhajan!

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