Mumbai: Michael Vaughan took on the International Cricket Council after it did not R Ashwin following his altercation with James Anderson on Day 5 of the fourth India versus England Test.
While India running through the Alastair Cook-led side to seal the series win was a talking point, the Indian off-spinner having a go at the England pacer attracted a lot of eyeballs.
Former England skipper questioned ICC for letting Ashwin off the hook and punishing Ben Stokes for his altercation with Kohli in the Mohali Test.
Cricket’s governing body has reprimanded the England all-rounder after his verbal exchange with the Indian Test skipper.
Anderson, following Day 4’s play in the fourth Test, had targetted at Virat Kohli saying, “I am not sure he has changed much. But it is just that whatever technical deficiencies he has got, are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks that we get in England with a bit more movement and pace in the pitch,” said Anderson.
“He is very much suited to play in these conditions as we have seen he is a very good player of spin. If you are not bang on money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you,” added England’s leading wicket-taker in the longer format of the game.
While Kohli just joked about the Anderson dig during the press conference, saying he did not even know what Anderson said, Ashwin let Anderson know of his displeasure.
Talking about the incident Kohli had said: “Obviously, I had no clue about it. So, I did not know what to make of it. I was just laughing but Ashwin was 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.”...