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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • on April 28, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    These fellows are waiting to snub and dub Gayle's innings and ability. Let me throw a challenge to all the cricketers in the fray. Let them not hit these many sixes and fours with the bat. Let them by hand throw the balls beyond and to the boundary as many times as Gayle did with the bat. Why keep talking stupidly just because he was caught that too on the fence. Bhajji was hit ruthlessly by Pathan just a couple of days back. Where was his gangnam. He is not popular as a sportive cricketer as would the Symonds and Sreesanth incidents testify. It is not everybody's game everyday.

  • attaris XI on April 28, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    @mose: one cannot doubt about gayles ability... when you say his cameo is revealed against weaker team then have you seen any other batsman bat like this when they had played with the same team .... tell me the bowlers of pune warriors mitchelle marsh/murtaza/dinda all are playing international cricket and why other batsmen were not able to score against them....

  • on April 28, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    East or West Mumbai is the Best...don't care what rest country thinking

  • riverlime on April 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Stop whining about Rayudu's run-out. The bowler did not deliberately obstruct the batsman, and therefore the fielding team had every right to ask the umpire. As for Kohli, he has some of Ganguly's fire in his belly, and when has that ever been a bad thing? People here are also complaining about Kohli's arrogance, but love Sir Viv. HE was never accused of being meek, was he?

  • Pathiyal on April 28, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    stupid shows by kohli, bhajji, rohit again. no matter how good they are in talent and capabilities, the minds seem to be too tiny!

  • NP_NY on April 28, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    It was a pathetic and tasteless gesture by the Mumbai crowd to boo Kohli at the end of the game. Shame that they call themselves Mumbai "Indians". Kohli is clearly not known for his sportsmanship but his appeal was legal and within the rules of the game. It's for the umpires to decide whether the batsman is out and they rightfully ruled him out on this occasion (though unfortunate for Rayudu). A suggestion - why not introduce a "fair crowd award"?!

  • Prabhash1985 on April 28, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    One of the ugliest sights of cricket, Harbajan making fun of Gayle. Pathetic and ugly!

  • RajeshNaik on April 28, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    One can always expect such eccentric behaviour from Harbhajan. He was not celebrating. He was mocking at Gayle. I wonder what brings out such stupid acts from him. Cricket is a great game which levels out individuals. Tomorrow at some other location in some other match, tables may turn and Gayle may end up asking Harbhajan, 'You are not dancing maan, Today?'.

  • on April 28, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    i dont think kohli didnt do anything wrong in claiming the run out. the bowler didnt obstruct the batsman deliberately. it was merely unfortunate for rayudu. if its out by the rules then there is no point in letting it go in the name spirit of cricket. this spirit is evoked by the whims and fancies of the captains and thats utterly nonsense. if at all it should be in the hands of the umpire who are being paid handsomely to do a job !!

  • VancouverPunekar on April 28, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    "Bhaji goes Gangnam"

    Bhaji was not really trying to go Gangnam; after Gayle's wicket he was just trying to mock Gayle who is known to go Gangnam.

    Most people, including TV commentrators, got it wrong. They made comments like thats not exactly Gangnam etc..

    I would have expected cricinfo to interpret it more aptly...

  • on April 28, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    @m0se : don't doubt about Gayle's ability.... His International Records speaks that !!! Only in IPL against weaker bowling link teams his cameos reveal :D And this was evident in this match !!!

  • SpartaArmy on April 28, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    That bush example, I have no words. I thought this section is mediocre at fast, but now it is beyond words can explain.

  • khanpathan001 on April 28, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    Kohli is a good batsman but is very arrogant and immature and i think we have seen it multiple occasion in the field. NOT a captian material

  • dirick on April 27, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Harbhajan goes Gangnam :D rather Harbhajan goes GANGARAM should be an appropriate headline :D !

  • feluda13 on April 27, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    @m0se give me a break.... rather give Gayle a break

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Really sad to see Virat Kohli claiming Ambati Rayudu's runout today. The batsman clearly could do nothing as the bowler pushed his bat away while stepping back.

    I really hope this guy doesn't become the captain of India ! Or if he does, he should learn some sportsmanship spirit first.

  • push_10dolkar on April 27, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Pathetic attitude shown by Kohli during Rayudu's run-out. With his talent he may match Sachin's limited one-day records (just maybe)... attitude wise he is nowhere near. Probably rivals Shreesanth in that respect. Lost all respect.

  • m0se on April 27, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    It's such a pity that Gayle can be psyched out. He has to develop taking singles against quality bowlers to keep the pressure off.

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  • m0se on April 27, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    It's such a pity that Gayle can be psyched out. He has to develop taking singles against quality bowlers to keep the pressure off.

  • push_10dolkar on April 27, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Pathetic attitude shown by Kohli during Rayudu's run-out. With his talent he may match Sachin's limited one-day records (just maybe)... attitude wise he is nowhere near. Probably rivals Shreesanth in that respect. Lost all respect.

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Really sad to see Virat Kohli claiming Ambati Rayudu's runout today. The batsman clearly could do nothing as the bowler pushed his bat away while stepping back.

    I really hope this guy doesn't become the captain of India ! Or if he does, he should learn some sportsmanship spirit first.

  • feluda13 on April 27, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    @m0se give me a break.... rather give Gayle a break

  • dirick on April 27, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Harbhajan goes Gangnam :D rather Harbhajan goes GANGARAM should be an appropriate headline :D !

  • khanpathan001 on April 28, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    Kohli is a good batsman but is very arrogant and immature and i think we have seen it multiple occasion in the field. NOT a captian material

  • SpartaArmy on April 28, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    That bush example, I have no words. I thought this section is mediocre at fast, but now it is beyond words can explain.

  • on April 28, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    @m0se : don't doubt about Gayle's ability.... His International Records speaks that !!! Only in IPL against weaker bowling link teams his cameos reveal :D And this was evident in this match !!!

  • VancouverPunekar on April 28, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    "Bhaji goes Gangnam"

    Bhaji was not really trying to go Gangnam; after Gayle's wicket he was just trying to mock Gayle who is known to go Gangnam.

    Most people, including TV commentrators, got it wrong. They made comments like thats not exactly Gangnam etc..

    I would have expected cricinfo to interpret it more aptly...

  • on April 28, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    i dont think kohli didnt do anything wrong in claiming the run out. the bowler didnt obstruct the batsman deliberately. it was merely unfortunate for rayudu. if its out by the rules then there is no point in letting it go in the name spirit of cricket. this spirit is evoked by the whims and fancies of the captains and thats utterly nonsense. if at all it should be in the hands of the umpire who are being paid handsomely to do a job !!