Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has expressed his surprise over the ICC’s decision of letting off Ravichandran Ashwin without any punishment for his jibe at England pacer James Anderson. He compared the incident with the fine imposed on Ben Stokes hinting at double standards by the ICC.
Virat Kohli continued his magnificent form scoring 235 runs to take India past and beyond England's imposing first innings score of 400 in the fourth Test in Mumbai. But, English pacer James Anderson had tried to downplay the Indian skipper's achievement and claimed that the slow Indian pitches do not expose the Indian batsman’s weaknesses.
This statement about Virat appears to have provoked Ashwin. On the last day of the Mumbai Test, Ashwin walked over and exchanged words with Anderson as soon as he entered the field to bat. Kohli tried to calm things down in the middle and Ashwin went back to his run-up to complete his over and, in fact, end England's innings and seal the win for India.
Speaking about this issue after the sealing the series 3-0 at the Wankhede Stadium, the Indian skipper said that he did not know about the comments by Anderson until his teammate Ravichandran Ashwin informed him about it.
“For the first time, I was trying to calm things down at a time where he is involved. Ashwin was not pleased with whatever he said in the press conference. Ashwin told me on the ground,” Kohli told the reporters on Monday.
He further narrated how Ashwin was not impressed with him taking the comments lightly and also had a word with the Lancashire-bowler during the match.
“Obviously, I had no clue about it. So, I did not know what to make of it. I was just laughing but Ashwin wasn't too impressed. So, he let him (Anderson) know. Not using any bad words, obviously. He told me he was very disappointed with what he said. It is important to accept defeat the way it is and the things like that,” added Kohli.
“You know how Ashwin is. To the point, he can really strike you well without using the bad words and that’s exactly what happened,” Kohli continued.
However, former English skipper Vaughan has taken objection to the ICC letting the incident go unpunished. Vaughan tweeted:
Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 13, 2016
After Vaughan’s tweet, many Indian fans attacked him on Twitter for questioning Ashwin, while some English supporters called ICC as the “Indian Cricket Council.”