Praveen Kumar: The medium pacer has had his fair short of controversies in recent years. He allegedly thrashed a doctor in Meerut in 2008, and on more than one occasion, he has picked up fights with spectators. Things got worse earlier this year when he head-butted a player during a corporate match. The umpires standing in that game declared him mentally unfit to play. Such idiosyncrasies have played their part in him being kept out of the national side
S. Sreesanth: The undisputed king of controversies, the temperamental pacer was involved in a mid-air fracas in 2014. A co-passenger on a Bangalore-Delhi flight alleged that the cricketer had indulged in 'boorish behaviour' on board the aircraft. The co-passenger, T R Ravichandran alleged that Sreesanth got into a 'childish argument' with flight attendants when he was asked not to sit near the emergency exit. Sreesanth denied the charges
Virat Kohli: In 2015, India's star batsman and current skipper abused an Indian journalist in Perth during the ICC World Cup. Kohli was apparently upset ove a report about him and girlfriend Anushka Sharma in a national daily. Kohli went on to hurl abuses at the journalist in Hindi and Punjabi and threatened him with dire consequences. However, it was later revealed that Kohli has mistaken him for another reporter of a different national daily. Kohli realised his fault and sent an apology across through another journalist.
MS Dhoni: A case was registered in a Bengaluru court against MS Dhoni for allegedly 'denigrating' a Hindu god and 'hurting' the religious sentiments of the Hindus. Dhoni posed for an advertisement in a magazine as Lord Vishnu. In September 2016, Supreme Court quashed the criminal proceedings against Dhoni
Mohinder Amarnath: After being in and out of the Indian side constantly, the man who was pivotal to India's maiden World Cup triumph, referred to the selectors as a 'bunch of jokers' in 1988
Harbhajan Singh: The controversial off-spinner was pulled up by SGPC, the apex religious body of Sikhs, after the bowler left his hair uncovered in an advertisement, back in 2006. Singh was quick to apologise for the same, clarifying he had no intentions of hurting the sentiments of Sikhs
Sourav Ganguly: The former India skipper had a torrid relationship with South siren Nagma a few years back. Days ahead of the crucial 2001 Test series against Australia, Ganguly is said to have gone to the famous Shiva temple at Srikalahasti in nearby Chittoor District to perform 'Sarpadosha' puja with Nagma, which put him in a tight spot
Virender Sehwag: India skipper Dhoni and Sehwag's tumultuous relationship took a new turn last year when Sehwag stated that MSD's captaincy alone didn't win the World Cup for India. Responding to a question on what he felt about Dhoni's captaincy, the Delhi batsman said, 'ÃÂÂÂÃÂÂÂI doÃÂÂÂn't know what others feel but by the time, Dhoni took over, we already had a very strong team. So his captaincy alone did not win the World Cup for India.
Dilip Vengsarkar: Colonel led India in ten Tests, but was sacked as skipper after he decided to go on a controversial tour the USA to play some festival matches
Kapil Dev: India's first World Cup-winning captain broke down in tears on national television during an interview pertaining to his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal back in 2000
Sachin Tendulkar: The batting maestro found himself in the middle of a controversy after he requested a custom duty waiver on a Ferrari car that was gifted to him by FIAT, the Italian automobile group, for equalling Don Bradman's tally of 29 Test centuries, in 2003. The Union finance ministry exempted Tendulkar from paying 120 per cent import duty, keeping his contribution to Indian cricket in mind
Vinod Kambli: The maverick former India batsman stirred the hornet's nest, first by claiming that Sachin Tendulkar had not done enough to prevent him from self-destructing in his prime and, later, alleging that the 1996 World Cup semi-final was fixed. Pic/ Getty Images
Navjot Sidhu: In spite of taking to meditation seriously, Sidhu has had his moments of anger. The former cricketer-turned-commentator, who has been convicted in a two-decade murder case, assaulted a security guard at a toll gate in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district after the latter threw his stick at his car damaging the window shield, back in 2011.
Mohammad Azharuddin: After his name was dragged into the match-fixing scandal by the disgraced Hansie Cronje, Azhar refuted all charges and went to the extent of claiming that he was being targeted for being from a minor community. Following widespread condemnation, Azhar tendered an apology
Manpreet Gony: The all-rounder, who has played a couple of ODIs for India, and currently represents Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, found himself in the centre of a storm back in 2008, after his mother alleged that the cricketer was threatening to kill her. Pic/ AFP
Nayan Mongia: Last year, the former India stumper's mother alleged that after her husband's death three years ago, she was ill-treated by Mongia and her daughter-in-law. She also claimed that Mongia refused to part with a portion of the family property which her husband had allotted to her in his will. Pic/ Getty Images
Rahul Sharma: On May 20, 2012, Sharma was detained along with South African Wayne Parnell and 94 others from a rave party at Oak Woods Hotel in Juhu, Mumbai. The police asked all detainees to undergo medical tests to find out if they had consumed drugs. The test turned out to be positive. Sharma played a few ODIs for India, and currently represents Pune Warriors in the IPL
Virat Kohli.. again!: The Indian star was in the eye of a storm after showing the middle finger to the Sydney crowd during the India-Australia Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), early last year. Pic/ Getty Images
Manoj Prabhakar: A former all-rounder, who tried to blow the lid off the match-fixing scandal but was himself indicted, Prabhakar was arrested in connection with a chit-fund scam in 2001
Jacob Martin: He played for Baroda with distinction and represented India in 10 ODIs. However, in April 2011, Martin found himself in the dock after being arrested in connection with a human trafficking case. Pic/ AFP
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