10 Topmost Indian Cricketing Controversies in 2023 and the talking points of the year

The 2023 was a momentous year opener for Team India by winning the bilingual series against Sri Lanka as well as a heart-breaking year-ender for the men-in-blue post the World Cup finals loss. Many cricket enthusiasts witnessed different Indian cricketing controversies in 2023 that became the talking points of the year.

Several controversies such as the last-minute pitch change ahead of the World Cup semi-final to Sikander Bakht’s allegation against Rohit Sharma manipulating the toss were the sizzling topics of the year.

With 5 more days remaining before the conclusion of the year 2023, the Indian cricket team is currently playing the 2 match test series against South Africa. If they involve themselves in a dispute, another chapter will be undoubtedly included in the topmost Indian Cricketing Controversies in 2023 

10 Topmost Indian Cricketing Controversies in 2023 and the talking points of the year: From IPL to World Cup 2023

Here are the 10 prioritized Indian cricketing controversies in 2023, that created a heated debate across all social media platforms:

1. World Cup 2023 venues:

The World Cup 2023 organizers did not prioritize the core cities in India such as Indore, Mohali, Rajkot, and Nagpur as hosts for the grand tournament.

Especially, the Narendra Modi Stadium at Ahmedabad was given a special preference to host maximum important matches of the year.

Moreover, the venue witnessed a one-sided contest in league matches as well as in the finals, where teams winning the toss had maximum chances to win the game. Teams batting second at the venue have enhanced chances of winning the match.

As a result, the organizers prioritized Narendra Modi Stadium over other venues for the 2023 World Cup finals. Consequently, this became one of the most unacceptable Indian cricketing controversies in 2023.

2. Non – declaration of Wide Ball:

One of the topmost Indian cricketing controversies in 2023 was witnessed during the World Cup match between India and Bangladesh.

Virat Kohli was leading the chase from the front requiring 8 runs to win the match as well as achieve his 48th ODI century.

Hasan Mahmud bowled a wide ball making it difficult for Virat Kohli to achieve his milestone.

Subsequently, Nasum Ahmed deliberately bowled a wide in the next over to stop Virat Kohli from reaching his destination. But the umpire Richard Kettle didn’t declare it as a wide ball. Rather, he counted as a dot ball.

The umpire’s judgment left many Bangladeshi cricket fans furious and questioning its righteousness.

3. Pitch Change:

Ahead of the ICC World Cup semi-final, a last-minute minute pitch change at Wankhede Stadium created one of the top spotlighting Indian cricket controversies in 2023.

Haters raised several allegations against BCCI for manipulating the favorable conditions for the Indian spinners. According to their baseless theory, changing the pitch aided the key spinners like Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav to grab wickets instantly.

4. Virat Kohli vs Naveen Ul Haq:

In an intense rivalry between Virat Kohli and Naveen Ul Haq, both these players exhibited a lack of positive spirit. Critics raised several criticisms about Gautam Gambhir’s poor mentorship for not having control over the Lucknow Super Giants’ pace bowler.

During the IPL 2023 match, Virat Kohli seemed to have conveyed something to Naveen Ul Haq. Amit Mishra from the non-striker end tried to control Virat Kohli.

After the match concluded, Naveen shook hands aggressively with Kohli, leading to the most heated Indian cricketing controversies in 2023 ever.

5. MS Dhoni’s argument with an umpire:

One of the rarest moments in cricket audiences witness to see is MS Dhoni’s argument with an umpire. The Qualifier 1 match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023 recorded some interesting moments.

The match umpires reported to MS Dhoni that the Sri Lankan bowler Matheesha Pathirana had not completed the specified time of 9 minutes on the field after bowling his previous over.

Dhoni’s decision to make Pathirana bowl the next over halted the match for 5 minutes before the commencement of the next over.

This was one of the rarest Indian cricketing controversies in 2023 that fans experienced watching.

6. Virat Kohli’s Narcissistic Century:

During the 2023 World Cup match between India and South Africa, several critics stated that Virat Kohli’s narcissistic century. A debate sparked when the 35-year-old cricketer took time to reach his 49th ODI century.

India finally won the match against South Africa by 243 runs. Nevertheless, critics slammed Virat Kohli’s knock, tagging it as one of the most unforgivable Indian cricketing controversies in 2023.

7. Indian fans taunt Mohammad Rizwan:

A certain set of Indian fans at Narendra Modi stadium taunted Mohammad Rizwan during the 2023 World Cup match between India and Pakistan.

After being dismissed by the Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, a particular group started chanting “Jai Shri Ram (Hail Lord Ram)”, multiple times to Rizwan while walking towards the pavilion.

The incident marked a political debate in the Indian cricket controversies in 2023.

8. Mohammed Shami’s 5-wicket haul celebration:

Many cricket enthusiasts trolled Mohammed Shami’s 5-wicket haul celebration against Sri Lanka. Some individuals considered it a religious act of kneeling by Shami.

Later, the Indian pacer clarified that it was a genuine manner of displaying his hard work and dedication in the match.

Still, a certain group of haters marked Shami’s celebration as a spiritual ritual. Despite clarifications provided, they continue to consider it a part of the Indian cricketing controversies in 2023.

9. Hardik Pandya takes over the captaincy from Rohit Sharma:

With 3 months ahead of the 17th edition of IPL (Indian Premier League), Hardik Pandya takes over the captaincy from Rohit Sharma to lead Mumbai Indians.

The decision taken by the franchise has made Rohit Sharma’s fans upset. Specifically, his fans couldn’t accept the bitter fact of replacing a skipper who had won the 5-times IPL trophy for his team.

This was the wildest dispute that fueled among the other Indian cricketing controversies in 2023.

10. Rohit Sharma’s Toss Allegations in World Cup 2023:

One of the silliest Indian cricketing controversies in 2023 arose due to the illogical statement of the former Pakistan cricketer.

Sikander Bakht accused Rohit Sharma of manipulating the toss during the 2023 World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand.

According to Bakht’s irrelevant theory, Rohit deliberately throws the coin far enough to prevent the opponent team’s captain from observing the toss result. 

Especially, the Indian cricket team, before the finals, was in peak form and gained a massive reputation globally by winning all 10 straight matches in the tournament under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. The statement created a fiery dispute in the cricketing community. Later, Aakash Chopra and Irfan Pathan slammed Sikander Bakht for his immature and baseless acquisitions against Team India

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