Team India and England clashed in a riveting second Test at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, a match that witnessed several memorable moments. One such incident involved Ravichandran Ashwin and Jonny Bairstow on the fourth day of the match.
The heated moment
Bairstow fell victim to a Jasprit Bumrah delivery just before lunch, with the umpire signaling him out lbw. As Bairstow contemplated whether to review the decision, Ashwin, in a moment of jubilation, celebrated the wicket loudly as he walked past the departing batter. Bairstow, visibly displeased, exchanged a few words with Ashwin before moving away.
Here is the video:
Bairstow and Ashwin exchange pleasantries just prior to lunch. pic.twitter.com/gTp2rDRZXM
— The Pinch Hitter (@LePinchHitter) February 5, 2024
Ravichandran Ashwin’s previous engagements
This wasn’t the first time Ashwin found himself in the spotlight during this Test. Earlier, he engaged in a heated discussion with the umpire while batting, reportedly over warnings about his bowling in the danger area. Additionally, he drew fire from James Anderson for his positioning near the umpire while batting on the subsequent day.
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Ashwin stands near a milestone
Despite the controversies, Ashwin delivered a stellar performance in the match, securing a three-wicket haul in the second innings. His remarkable feat puts him on the brink of joining the elite club of bowlers with 500 Test wickets, with his current tally standing at 499.
India emerged victorious on the fourth day of the match, bundling out England for 292 runs and leveling the five-match series 1-1. The win was a significant turnaround for the hosts after suffering a defeat in the series opener in Hyderabad.