Twitter berates James Anderson for shredding Ravi Ashwin's picture following Mankad controversy

Twitter berates James Anderson for shredding Ravi Ashwin’s picture following Mankad controversy

Ashwin's act was criticised by many but Anderson went to another level.

James Anderson
James Anderson. (Photo Source: Twitter)

England Test spearhead James Anderson risked the ire of the Indians fans as he shredded Ravi Ashwin’s photo in the wake of the Mankad controversy. The first major controversy of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) took place on last Monday during the game between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. The game was going on smoothly with the Royals well in the driver’s seat.

Chasing 185, the Royals were cruising at 108 for 1 with their opener Jos Buttler going great guns with the bat. The England star was batting on 69 off just 43 when Ashwin decided to make him pay for leaving the crease early. On the fifth ball of the 13th over, the off-spinner was about to deliver the ball when he set his eyes on Buttler’s movement in his delivery stride. He then briefly paused and watched Buttler leaving the crease before Mankading him.

Ashwin then immediately appealed to the umpire who instead referred the decision to the third umpire. With Mankad very much a legal mode of dismissal, the third umpire did not wait long to adjudge Buttler out. The dismissal turned out to be the turning point of the match as Royals collapsed to a 14-run defeat. From 108 for 1 in the 13th over, they slipped to 170 for 9. But the result of the game was not the talking point as the cricketing world was busy discussing the Mankad controversy which many consider against the spirit of the game.

The likes of Shane Watson, Dale Steyn, Eoin Morgan and several other biggies from the world of cricket condemned Ashwin’s act. But while all of them resorted to commenting, James Anderson went overboard to show his objection. England’s highest Test wicket-taker was seen shredding a photograph of Ashwin as he expressed his displeasure on the Mankad.

Unsurprisingly, the fans were not at all impressed with Anderson’s act and did not waste much time in slamming him. The fans made it clear that the act from the legendary pacer was totally uncalled for.

Here’s the video:

Here’s how fans reacted:

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