Moments of the World Cup: Balaji Rao puts Canada on the sledging map, 2011

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 02, 2015 19:01 hrs

Minnows are not generally countries that you'd associate with sledging.

In 2011, the best fight award went not to the traditionally cantankerous (seriously, I've been waiting for an excuse to use that word) but to Canada. In their game against Pakistan, Umar Gul and Balaji Rao - let's just be clear, from Pakistan and Canada respectively - tore into each other.

Then Ahmed Shahzad got into the action and that popped Rao's fuse - letting loose a volley of the choicest which wouldn't be out of place in a Delhi street. Finally, the umpires managed to calm things down, but not before Gul peppered Rao a little more, only for the latter to dismiss him (not cricket-wise, of course). It was great to watch as a fun-loving neutral.

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