Team India v Team Australia
If diplomacy between India and Australia was in the hands of its cricketers, both the nations would have been constantly at war. India-Australia contests in the past decade have been littered with skirmishes off and on the field. The jibes have been unending, often coloured with a volley of abuses on the field or under a veiled threat in pre and post match conferences. Sometimes, the feud has been stretched to the limits. This eye for an eye attitude between India and Australia has often made the 'spirit of the game' sightless. Ahead of India's Super Eights clash with Australia, MSN rewinds to all those moments when these two nations put cricket to shame.
"Only one team was playing in the spirit of the game."
Anil Kumble's terse words aptly summed up a Test which perhaps is the most ill-tempered match in the history of India-Australia cricket. The 2008 Sydney Test was marred with dubious umpiring with India caught at the receiving end. Batsmen edged the deliveries but did not walk. Batsmen who did not get anywhere near a ball were given out. Catches taken on a bump were backed by vociferous appeals. All that had to go wrong, did, but nothing was more agonizing than the war of words between Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds. The clash on the field turned into a raging debate between two nations and then cricket left centre stage and soon vanished even from the background.