The Beginning:
Eventhough the Game of Cricket was taken over by adults from the children in 17th Century, probably the first major controversy the game witnessed was "Bodyline Bowling".
Bert Oldfield staggers away with his skull fractured.
Bert Oldfield is hit in the head after Harold Larwood's delivery deflected off his bat.
Bill Woodfull evades a Bodyline ball.

The thought to use bodyline as an weapon in Cricket was first conceived by England bowlers in the year 1930.Bradman on his first tour of England achieved several remarkable feats – among them a century before lunch on the first day of the third Test at Leeds on his way to 309 not out in a day and a record score of 334 and a record tally of 974 runs in the series. The England bowlers were clueless while bowling to Bradman who was the kind of phenomenon the cricketing world had not seen. Jardine the then English captain had different ideas in the ashes in 1932-33. He was desperate to end supremacy of Bradman. A considerable proportion of Bowlers deliveries ware directed straight towards the Batsman's body.The basic strategy was to have the fast bowlers send down short pitched deliveries and make them fly at the batsman’s shoulders and head, backing the bowlers all the time with a close in leg side field that included four and  sometimes five men in an arc round the batsman supported by one or two in the deep.Larwood and Bill Voce were the fast bowlers put it into action.The innovated theory delievered immediate results. England won the first Test in Sydney by ten wickets.
The practice made traditional style of play uncomfortable. A serious thought was given to the fact that the practice needs to be stopped immediately or it will have bitter consequences. It even threatened relations between England and Australia and caused ill feeling between the two oldest contestants in international cricket. Such was the magnitude of the crisis that it involved the political leaders of the time.
The controversy reached a flash point in the third Test in Adelaide when Australian captain Bill Woodfull was hit over the heart and Bert Oldfield sustained a fractured skull while attempting to hook in the first innings. The practice by then sparked wide condemnation including the crowd ho hurled abuses at Jardine, the English captin. The imperturbable England captain however continued to direct operations as if without a care in the world. But by this time the administrators finally woke up to the reality of the situation and on January 18 with the Adelaide Test still in progress the Australian Cricket Board sent a cable to the Marylebone Cricket Club as follows: ``Bodyline bowling has assumed such proportions as to menace the best interests of the game, making protection of the body  by the batsmen the main consideration. This is causing intensely bitter feelings between the players as well as injury. In our opinion it is unsportsmanlike. Unless stopped at once it is likely to upset the friendly relations existing between Australia and England.’’

But the MCC had different opinion and replied that ``we deplore your cable. We deprecate your opinion that there has been unsportsmanlike play. We have the fullest confidence in the captain, the team and managers and are convinced that they would do nothing to infringe either the laws of cricket or the spirit of the game. We have no evidence that our confidence has been misplaced. Much as we regret the accidents to Woodfull and Oldfield we understand that in neither case was the bowler to blame. We hope the situation is not now as serious as your cable would seem to indicate but if it is such as to jeopardize the good relations between English and Australian cricketers and you consider it desirable to cancel the reminder of the programme we would consent but with great reluctance.’’

England won the rubber by a margin of four matches to one. But there was a deep inner feeling amonst the English players whether winning the rubber was worth considering the ill feelings the series created between the two Nations.

Reality bites. Finally, good sense prevailed  to save the game. It was a victory for the game of cricket when MCC  after making enquiries and seeing the evidence passed the following resolution after the 1933 season: ``That any form of bowling which is obviously a direct attack by the bowler upon the batsman would be an offence against the spirit of the game.’’This was accepted by the county captains at a meeting at Lord’s and affirmed by the ICC representing all Test playing countries in July 1934.

Bodyline bowling remain in Cricket archive as a black spot.


Lalu bowls a googly

Lucknow, April 5,2007
A beleaguered Indian cricket administration  received another jolt as Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav demanded a CBI probe into the India-Bangladesh World Cup match played on March 17, in which the former champions were beaten by their less-formidable neighbours.

“I have specific information that bookies had at stake Rs 6,000 crore on this match which India lost and which ultimately caused their ouster from the World Cup,” he claimed.

Addressing a press conference here, Lalu, who was also the president of the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA), said the Indian cricket administration required a complete overhaul and a high-level probe should be ordered into the irregularities.

Blaming the cricketers for lacking team spirit, he said the faulty selection procedure has added insult to the injury.

When asked about the resignation of Greg Chappell, Lalu said: “Why only Greg, sack the entire team.” 

HARBHAJAN SINGH riddled with Controversies..

A player of passion, with talent to match, Harbhajan Singh is India's most successful offspin bowler. Bowling with a windmilling, whiplash action, remodelled after he was reported for throwing, he exercises great command over the ball, has the ability to vary his length and pace, and can turn it the other way too. His main wicket-taking ball, however, is the one that climbs wickedly on the unsuspecting batsman from a good length, forcing him to alter his stroke at the last second.

Harbhajan was at the centre of much controversy on India's tour of Australia 2007, becoming embroiled in a racism row after allegedly calling Andrew Symonds a monkey.

Bhajji Slaps Sreesanth.....

Should Bhajji banned for
few matches ?
Bhajji Slaps Sreesanth
Should Bhajji banned for
few matches ?
Yes says BCCI.
Bhajji fried for 11 Matches
Yes says BCCI.
Bhajji fined for 11 Matches