Back in 2008, during the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League, the then Hyderabad-based franchise Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals were involved in a gripping contest. The high scoring match saw momentum shift from one side to another. Also Check- IPL 2016- Full Coverage
Rajasthan Royals, chasing a daunting target of 215 runs were in contention needing 28 more runs to win from last three overs. Graeme Smith and Mohammad Kaif were occupying the crease and had registered a partnership of 60 runs for the fourth wicket. Also Check- This Pakistani bowler has the best bowling figures in IPL history
In 18th over, Deccan Chargers captain VVS Laxman threw the ball to Shahid Afridi and the leg-spinner responded by picking two back to back wickets and that too of well-set batsmen Smith and Kaif.
The quick strikes by Afridi brought Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne to the crease. Afridi was all fired up and did not mind exchanging few words with the new batsman- Warne.
After bowling two back to back dot balls, Warne smashed Afridi for a four to spoil his figures. However, the Pakistani all-rounder kept the war of words going. Eventually, it was Warne’s 22 off just nine balls that helped Rajasthan Royals to win the match. Also Read- Rishi Kapoor wants Pakistani cricketers in the IPL
The Warne-led side went on to win the inaugural IPL by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final. It was the only time; Pakistani players were seen participating in the cash-rich IPL.
Watch Afridi’s war of words with Warne here-