Ashwin targeted Herschelle Gibbs for match-fixing on Twitter
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 19, 2018 3:05 pm
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Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin left every stunned when he brought the infamous match-fixing scandal on Twitter. A light joke from former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs didn’t go down well to Ashwin and said at least he didn’t opt to do match-fixing.

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Ashwin promoted a shoe brand on his Twitter handle, where Gibbs took a jibe at him and you can run a bit faster with the help of them. He quoted “Hopefully you will be able to run a bit faster now Ashwin.”

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However, Ash didn’t look comfortable with this joke and said at least he is ethical enough to not do the fixing. He wrote “Surely not as fast you did mate, unfortunately, I wasn’t as blessed as you were. But I was blessed with a wonderfully ethical mind not to fix games which put food on my plate.”

As soon as he clicked on ‘tweet’, this joke speared as fast as the wild fire. His fans started to respond on this tweet but Gibbs was stunned with this reply as there was nothing to respond. But he clearly mentioned in the reply that it was a joke and stated “Can’t take a joke i see anyway moving swiftly on..”

Indian all-rounder took the lighter path to respond and he clearly mentioned that he was joking all along at that moment. “I totally believed my reply was a joke too, but look how people and yourself perceived it. I am totally game for this sort of fun mate, we shall dine over this sometime.”

When he saw that this tweet led him towards criticism, he deleted it straight away and left another message on his page, which reads “What’s sensitive to me isn’t to someone else, and what’s sensitive to you isn’t to me. I want to respect my family of fans and hence pulled the tweet down, and now entertainment over for all my haters. See you late.”

Gibbs was implicated in the match-fixing scandal during South Africa’s tour of India in 2000. The team was led by Hansie Cronje and he played the lead role in the conversation with the bookies. After being approached by Cronje, with money, to fix matches and score according to the bookies’ orders, Gibbs didn’t follow through. But he was suspended for six months and fined for their involvement in the scandal.