Cricket has always been considered a gentleman's sport. Every player is expected to behave in a fair and sporting manner which upholds the reputation of the game. However, cricket is also an intense game where emotions, passion and aggression are duly involved, with every player desperate to contribute his best to help ensure a victory. This intensity has often resulted in on-field controversies which threatened to blow out of proportion. At the same time, cricket has also witnessed controversies off the field on the back of incorrect decision-making by players as well as unfavourable public reactions to their choices. 2019 has witnessed its fair share of controversies, be it Ravichandran Ashwin's 'Mankading' or the uproar over the decision to award the ICC World Cup 2019 to England, at the end of a tied super over. Here's a look at five such controversies which rocked the world of cricket in 2019.
By Arnab Mukherji
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