Rival captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India and Michael Clarke of Australia may have their hands full trying to keep fraying tempers in check during a potentially explosive World Cup semi-final on Thursday. In cricket, it’s known as sledging, in American sports, it’s called trash-talking. Either way, when Australia and India meet on the cricket field, verbal altercations are expected. The Indians have already spent four months in Australia with nothing to show for their efforts.
“We’ve all played big games. So it brings the best out of everyone during those big matches,” he said. “So, yes, we’re looking forward to this and hopefully it will be an exciting contest.”
“There is going to be sledged, there is going to be banter,” the Australian captain Michael Clarke told a news conference on Wednesday.
Australian opener David Warner was the worst offender, having been reported both in the Test and one-day series, and was publicly told off by Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland to “stop looking for trouble.”