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James Anderson and Ravichandran Ashwin’s Heated Exchange Rocks Vizag Test
By CricShots - Feb 3, 2024 11:34 am
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On the second day of the second Test between India and England in Visakhapatnam, tensions flared between Ravichandran Ashwin and James Anderson during a charged on-field confrontation. The incident occurred in the second over of the day as Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ravichandran Ashwin began their batting for Team India.

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James Anderson and Ravichandran Ashwin had a heated exchange

In the midst of James Anderson’s delivery stride to Jaiswal, Ravichandran Ashwin’s distracting hand gesture prompted a heated exchange. Ashwin, standing at the non-striker’s end, raised his arm towards the stumps just before Anderson released the ball, forcing the England veteran to halt and express his frustration.

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This altercation followed an animated chat between Ashwin and umpire Marais Erasmus at the end of day one. The nature of the disagreement carried over into the second day, creating a charged atmosphere on the field.

 

On the previous day, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s spectacular unbeaten century had anchored India to a solid position. Despite losing partners consistently, the opener remained steadfast, finishing the day at 336 for 6, with an unbeaten score of 179. Jaiswal’s innings featured 17 fours and 5 sixes, with his first Test century on home soil punctuated by a six off Tom Hartley.

Reflecting on his innings, Yashasvi Jaiswal stated, “I wanted to play it session by session. When they were bowling well, I just wanted to get through that spell. Initially, the wicket was damp and there was spin and bounce, with a bit of seam. I wanted to convert the loose balls and play till the end.”

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Apart from Jaiswal, Shubman Gill (34) and debutant Rajat Patidar (32) were the only others to surpass the 30-run mark. England’s bowlers, including spinners Shoaib Bashir and Rehan Ahmed, as well as James Anderson and Tom Hartley, managed to secure wickets. England currently leads the five-match series after winning the first Test by 28 runs in Hyderabad.