James Anderson (L), Ashwin (R). Photograph:( IANS )
England's pacer Anderson was seen shredding Ashwin's picture in a viral video on Twitter.
England's seamer James Anderson has the most bizarre reaction to Ravichandran Ashwin's recent 'Mankad' dismissal of Jos Buttler in an Indian Premier League match.
Punjab's skipper Ashwin ran out Rajasthan's Jos Buttler, who was at the non-strikers' end, without giving him any warning.
Buttler's dismissal changed the course of game and Punjab registered a win and earned two crucial points in their first game of IPL 2019.
The incident was legal but it triggered the spirit of game debate across cricket fraternity.
Especially, Buttler's teammates of national team reacted strongly after the incident, like England ODI captain Eoin Morgan lashed out at Ashwin. He said that the Indian cricketer has set a "terrible" example for the young generation of cricketers.
Now, England's legendary pacer Anderson was found shredding Ashwin's picture in a viral video on Twitter.
His reaction was found funny by some while others were expectedly outraged at 'disrespect' of the Indian off-spinner.
Watch the video:
After reviewing footage of the incident, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) said not "within the spirit of the game".
The MCC, the custodian of cricket's laws, had earlier said the decision could have gone either way depending on how 'the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball' is interpreted.
"Having extensively reviewed the incident again and after further reflection, we don't think it was within the spirit of the game," Fraser Stewart, the MCC's manager of the laws of cricket, told the Daily Telegraph.