There is a great camaraderie and bonding amongst international cricketers these days, fostered, nurtured and furthered by that much-maligned beast called the Indian Premier League. Or, the Pepsi Indian Premier League, if you like.
That's obvious you see Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli walking around with their arms around each other, Angelo Mathews and Yuvraj Singh slumping into a huge hug after steering Pune Warriors India to their first win in 12 matches, Harbhajan Singh climbing all over Ricky Ponting after the Mumbai Indians skipper pulled off a stunner to get rid of Unmukt Chand. IPL, the divisive force, the entity that was supposed to rip the cricketing firmament asunder, has made for strange bedfellows, playing its part in eradicating mistrust and helping cricketers from various parts of the world understand different cultures.
Of course, it has driven a wedge, however temporary, between team-mates representing the same country but turning out for different franchises. If it was Slapgate that caught the eyeballs in IPL I with Harbhajan and S Sreesanth as the protagonists, then Sweargate has become the latest soap opera featuring Kohli and Gambhir, excitable men who also play for the same state but who aren't chary of having a verbal, unrestrained go at one another in full public glare.