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Ravichandran Ashwin, Virat Kohli ‘silence’ James Anderson at Wankhede Stadium

Ravichandran Ashwin, who spun India to a series win at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Monday, had a verbal ‘war’ with England pacer James Anderson who said on Sunday that Virat Kohli still had technical issues with his batting and was found out during the England series in 2014

cricket Updated: Dec 12, 2016 22:31 IST
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Ravichandran Ashwin seems to be giving James Anderson a nouthful as Virat Kohli wacthes on day 5 of the fourth India vs England Test at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Monday. India won by an innings to take a 3-0 lead in the series.(BCCI)

Ravichandran Aswhin didn’t waste any time to wrap up the England innings on the final morning on Monday, helping India clinch the five-Test series against England with a Test to spare. During his 12-wicket match haul, the Indian off-spinner also took the opportunity to have a ‘word’ with England’s James Anderson, who on Sunday ignited an unnecessary ‘war’ of sorts by saying that Virat Kohli’s runs in this series did not prove that his batting technique against the moving ball and in English conditions was no more suspect.

Anderson was the last to fall as England lasted all of eight overs in the morning. The only point of interest in the 32-minutes of day’s play was the Indian fielders having a go at Anderson. One by one they went after him. First, Ashwin had a chat with Anderson, then some others joined in. And they were definitely not exchanging pleasantries.

In the post-match chat, Kohli was asked about the conversation with Anderson. The captain said: “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 Anderson said in the press, and I didn’t even know about it. Ashwin 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.

“Ashwin told me he was pretty disappointed with what Anderson said and it is important to accept defeat as it is. Later on, I told James these things happen and let’s move on,” said Kohli.

England captain Alastair Cook said Anderson’s comments had been blown out of proportions, but backed Anderson’s observation on Kohli. “It was a bit of a sour end really. A disappointing end in terms of how well the spirit between both sides has been played. It was clearly reference to what Jimmy said yesterday which has kind of been blown out of all proportions which it can do here. He was just stating a fact which if you asked Virat is probably quite true. But yes it was obviously just ticking up for their captain which I thought was slightly unnecessary,” said Cook.

First Published: Dec 12, 2016 11:57 IST