India rode on an all-round effort by bowlers to script a sensational victory over the hosts England in the second Test match at the Lord’s on Monday. But, the visitors also won a different kind of battle in the high-voltage Test match surrounded by several controversies.
After rain played spoilsport in the first Test match, in which India was so near yet so far to victory, the visitors led by enigmatic Virat Kohli continued the momentum to emerge victoriously and more importantly win the ‘mind game’ over the hosts.
England courted several controversies throughout the Test match to destabilise the concentration of Indians, but the visitors tackled it tactfully to gain the much-required mental edge over them. Here is a look at a few controversies which attracted the attention of fans across the world earning criticism for the English side:
Indian skipper Virat Kohli had a heated exchange with England’s veteran bowler James Anderson in the first session of play on Day four. With India having lost both its in-form openers and Kohli batting, the India captain approached the umpire asking him to take a look at Anderson's run-up as the pacer was allegedly running into the pitch. Subsequently, a heated exchange ensued between Kohli and Anderson.
Controversy erupted on the penultimate day when a couple of players from the home team were seen using spikes on their shoes on top of the ball. The video of these players – whose faces were not captured in the footage –stamping the ball and rolling it around on the ground with their spikes grabbed the attention of the fans across the world. They accused the England team of ‘ball-tampering. Former India openers Virender Sehwag and Aakash Chopra even tweeted their concerns about the development.
In an unfortunate incident, England fans threw bottle corks at India opener KL Rahul during the first session's play on the third day. Pictures of Rahul standing close to the boundary line and surrounded by bottle corks on the field emerged on social media. Subsequently, players of the visiting side complained to the umpires about the crowd's behaviour.
Surprisingly, England got their review back after a DRS blunder by the third umpire. Jack Leach bowled on the leg-side which spun past Ajinkya Rahane’s shot to pop up off the pad to short leg. But it’s was a flat line on Ultra Edge when it went past the bat, reducing another England’s review.
To sum up the controversies around the Indian team, former Indian opener and domestic stalwart Wasim Jaffer quoted great Sachin Tendulkar in his Twitter handle to draw inspiration from the unsavory incidents.
“To borrow a quote from Sachin Tendulkar, People throw stones, you turn them into milestones. This is a milestone victory, congratulations Virat Kohli and Team India,” tweeted the former stylish batsman turned coach.
(Edited by Pradeep Singh)