New Delhi: He has the reputation of being a nice guy off the field, but Indian speedster Ishant Sharma was the highlight of the play on Day 4 of the third Test match between India and Sri Lanka where he had several altercations with the Lankan cricketers.
It all started in the 76th and final over of the Indian second innings, which was bowled by Dhammika Prasad.
Frustrated with several bouncers aimed at him by Prasad, Ishant managed to hit one past point for a single and while he was running, he repeatedly hit his helmet, probably asking the bowler to bowl his bouncers there.
When the run was completed, there was a heated exchange of words between Dhammika and Ishant. Just while this was happening, Dinesh Chandimal passed by and said a few words to Ishant which agitated Ravichandran Ashwin.
Umpires Rod Tucker and Nigel Llong had to intervene as they asked Angelo Mathews to calm his players down.
The final delivery of the over saw Prasad dismissing Ashwin. But then as Ishant was trudging towards the pavilion, Prasad rushed towards him and was seen saying a few words there as well.
The action didn't end there as Ishant took the new ball, ready to spill a lot of venom at the Lankans.
It took Ishant just six deliveries to get India their first breakthrough, and as Upul Tharanga edged one to the wicketkeeper, an animated Ishant stared at the batsman in what looked like another agitated send off.
Ishant picked his second wicket in the seventh over of the innings, when Dinesh Chandimal was caught in the slip cordon. Just like he gestured to Prasad while batting, Ishant once again started hitting his head, this time without a helmet. His reaction would probably go down as one of the funniest we have seen by an Indian bowler.
Ishant had claimed a five-wicket haul in the first innings and he has brought the hosts closer to a historic series win on Lankan soil by picking two more wickets on Day 4.
Even though there was no dearth of entertainment for the local fans, Ishant, who was involved in an argument with Kusal Perera and Rangana Herath on Day 3, could be in trouble for another animated day on the field.
Ishant had been fined 65 per cent of his match fee for a previous showdown in the second Test.