There have been several controversies in the history of Indian cricket. Some of the top controversies are:
- Monkeygate Scandal (2008): This controversy arose during the India-Australia test series in 2008. Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh was accused of racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds by calling him a “monkey”. The controversy led to a lot of tension between the two teams and resulted in Harbhajan being banned for three matches.
- Match-fixing Scandal (2000): In 2000, it was revealed that some Indian cricketers were involved in match-fixing. The scandal implicated several high-profile players, including former captain Mohammad Azharuddin. The players were banned for varying periods of time, and the scandal rocked the Indian cricket establishment.
- Sourav Ganguly’s Conflict with Greg Chappell (2005): In 2005, Sourav Ganguly was dropped from the Indian team after a public spat with coach Greg Chappell. Ganguly alleged that Chappell had tried to undermine his captaincy, and the controversy led to a lot of acrimony between the two men.
- BCCI-IPL Scandal (2013): In 2013, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was rocked by a scandal involving allegations of betting and match-fixing. Several high-profile players and team owners were implicated in the scandal, which led to the suspension of two IPL franchises and the arrest of several people.
- MS Dhoni’s Conflict with VVS Laxman (2011): In 2011, it was reported that Indian captain MS Dhoni and senior player VVS Laxman had a disagreement over team selection. The controversy led to a lot of tension within the team, and Laxman eventually retired from international cricket later that year.