New Delhi: The Jimmy Anderson, Ravichandran Ashwin altercation during 5th day of 4th Test in Mumbai is showing no signs of fading away as a British tabloid has accused the Indian spinner of the English quickie during confrontation.
In the first session of 5th day's play at the Wankhade stadium, Ashwin spun India to an emphatic triumph by taking the last four wickets — starting from Jonny Bairstow and ending with Anderson, taking the final four for just 13 runs.
As soon as Jimmy Anderson had come on, Ashwin was seen accompanying him to the crease and apparently expressed his disappointment of the comments he made on Virat Kohli.
An English newspapers, however, reporting on the incident wrote, “Certainly, Anderson saying Kohli’s batting had not changed since the last time they met did not seem to merit an outburst from Ashwin which appeared to end with him calling England’s record wicket-taker a ‘f****** bad loser. That outburst should lead to disciplinary action for Ashwin but that will depend on whether the International Cricket Council are prepared to stand up to India or turn a blind eye.”
At the press conference on 4th day, the English seamer had said,
"I'm not sure he's changed," Anderson said. "I just think any technical deficiencies he's got aren't in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation.
"We had success against him in England, but the pace of the pitches over here just take any flaws he has out of the equation. There's not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England with a bit more movement. Pitches like this suit him down to the ground."
Virat Kohli also clarified on the conversation between Anderson and Ashwin, clarifying that there was no usage of bad words from the Indian off-spinner.
“For the first time I was trying to calm things down in the middle at a time when James Anderson is involved. Ashwin wasn’t pleased with what he said in the press, and I didn’t even know about it. he told me on the ground. So I didn’t know what to make of it, I was laughing about it, Ashwin wasn’t too impressed and he let him know, not using any bad words honestly, I think he told me he was pretty disappointed with what he said and it is important to accept defeat as it is. Things like that. Just general, you know how Ashwin is, he is to the point can really strike you well and he doesn’t need to say bad words. Later on I told James these things happen and let’s move on,” he said.
With former England captain Michael Vaughan also wanting ICC to intervene and punish Ashwin on the apparent usage of 'bad words', it remains to be seen what is the outcome of thise heated furore.