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Moeen Ali and Aakash Chopra involved in an unhealthy word exchange

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali. (Photo Source: BCCI)

English batsman Moeen Ali has been on a roll. He struck his second century in the ongoing series against India recently. Ali has been one of the consistent performers for the England team in the last few months. He has hit 4 centuries in this calendar year, which is equal to the number of tons hit by Indian skipper Virat Kohli this year.

He has clearly looked very settled and comfortable at the wicket. He has been a steady head when in command. However, there has been one rare blemish in his blotchless season thus far. Time and again, Ali has been troubled by the short deliveries. Even in the ongoing series, it has been the short ball that has got the better of him on most occasions. No wonder why former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra made an analysis on the same after Moeen’s dismissal in the Chennai Test.

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Aakash Chopra mentioned that Moeen Ali needs to learn how to handle the bouncers. In his analysis for ESPNcricinfo, Aakash spoke on the ways of defending the bouncer. He posted the link of it and the suggestions on the social media site Twitter. Aakash wrote in his tweet, “You just can’t hit your way out of a bouncer-trap. #Demo of lessons from the Mooen Ali dismissal for @ESPNcricinfo.”

The suggestion did not go too well with the English batsman. In a very subtle dig, Ali took to social media and gave a rather blunt reply to Aakash Chopra. Ali posted a snapshot of the career statistics of Aakash Chopra and wrote, “@cricketaakash @ESPNcricinfo Thanks for your opinion mate.”

Moeen Ali
(Photo Source: Twitter)

He surely wanted to tell the former Indian batsman to keep the nose out of his business. He believes that it is Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, is the right man to cite all flaws and work on them. Moeen later deleted his tweet. It was a little late though and the conversation had caught a lot of eyeballs.

Aakash was quick to reply back and congratulated Ali on his twin tons in the series. He also reflected back that it was ‘heartening’ to see Moeen point out at his career statistics. Aakash wrote, “You’re most welcome, brother. Glad that the only bit you didn’t like in the piece was my career numbers  Well done on the 2  Go well.”

By this time, Moeen Ali had realised that the conversation had taken an ugly turn. He replied back apologising for his tweet. He wrote, “@cricketaakash @ESPNcricinfo Thanks. I apologise. Was no need for it.”

Aakash did not miss a chance to get back at the southpaw. He mentioned in his reply that it is not easy to be a national cricketer. “@MoeenAli @ESPNcricinfo no sweat, mate. We live in the ruthless world of constant scrutiny…not easy being a national cricketer  tc,” tweeted Aakash Chopra.

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