Cricket Viral Video: Kevin Pietersen, the ex-England captain, and Mitchell Johnson, the former Australian fast bowler, have a notably unfriendly off-field rapport, openly displaying their mutual unlikeness. The origins of their battle can be linked to a heated on-field confrontation during the Ashes 2013-14 Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Fiery on-field battle between the legends
During the Boxing Day Test, in England’s second innings, Kevin Pietersen was batting on 39, and England’s total was 168 for five wickets. In a specific over bowled by Mitchell Johnson, Pietersen constantly moved away from his batting stance, causing frustration for the left-arm pacer. This continuous disruption by Pietersen during Johnson’s run-up eventually led to a breaking point for the bowler.
Mitchell Johnson’s mounting frustration boiled over when, following another episode of Pietersen stepping away from the crease, Johnson intentionally hurled the ball towards the batsman. This act was accompanied by visible anger from Johnson, sparking a heated on-field altercation between the two players. Engaged in a relentless exchange of verbal insults, their confrontation escalated to the point where the on-field umpire had to step in and intervene, separating them.
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The 2013-14 Ashes series witnessed Australia securing a decisive 5-0 triumph over England, marked by several intense confrontations among players from both sides. Despite the series concluding, Kevin Pietersen’s enduring feud with Mitchell Johnson continued. Even after Pietersen’s retirement in 2015, Johnson continued to take shots at Pietersen and Michael Vaughan, making comments on the sidelines of the Ashes, adding more fuel to their ongoing rivalry.