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‘Have you ever seen Harshal Patel celebrating with aggression when he takes a wicket?’ – Twitter users divided over Harshal-Parag altercation

Riyan Parag starred for the Rajasthan Royals in their win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday. The all-rounder’s unbeaten 56 off 31 balls took RR to a respectable 145-run total. But he draw attention on the field not just for his batting, but his altercation with RCB pacer Harshal Patel.

Parag smacked 18 runs off the final over of RR’s innings, which was bowled by Harshal, RCB’s trusted death bowler. He hit two sixes and a four, bringing up his fifty on the last ball with a huge six. Harshal had bowled extremely well up to that point, his first three overs conceding only runs as well as taking the wicket of Trent Boult. Parag seemed to be riding high on the emotions, and as the players prepared to move back for the innings break had a word with Harshal before walking off. Harshal didn’t appreciate the last-over battery by Parag, so he and Mohammed Siraj appeared to have a few words in exchange for the 20-year-old Assamese hitter

Harshal Patel refused to shake Riyan Parag’s hand after RCB were bowled out for 115

The argument was broken up, but the drama wasn’t over yet. RCB were bowled out for 115 in the final over of their innings. They needed 30 runs off the 20th over with RCB’s tenth-wicket pair at the crease, one of whom was Harshal. He was dismissed off the third ball, leaving RCB 29 runs behind. But as Harshal walked off the wicket, he walked right by Parag without offering his hand for the friendly team hand-shakes after the match.

Twitter users were divided between the intentions and actions of the two players. Some took Harshal’s side, believing that emotions were running high after the recent loss of his sister.

Others believed not sharing hands with Parag was a poor display of sportsmanship on Harshal’s part.

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