Bengaluru, Dec 13: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has questioned the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not punishing India's star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin after his confrontation with paceman James Anderson during the 5th day of the 4th Test in Mumbai. (Career-high rank for Kohli after 235)
Yesterday (December 12), India won the 4th Test against England by an innings and 36 runs at Wankhede Stadium to clinch the 5-match rubber 3-0.
With England 9 wickets down, Anderson walked into bat and Ashwin targeted him with few words. Later, Indian captain Virat Kohli and umpire Marais Erasmus stepped in to calm things down. (Gavaskar questions Kohli's behaviour)
Ashwin was not happy with Anderson's comments on Kohli the previous day. The Englishman had questioned Kohli's batting technique outside of home conditions.
"I'm not sure he's (Kohli) changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he's got aren't in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There's not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England - with a bit more movement," Anderson had said.
"When that's not there, he's very much suited to playing in these conditions. He's a very good player of spin - and if you're not bang on the money and don't take your chances, he'll punish you," the right-arm fast bowler had said indicating that Kohli was good only on home pitches.
Kohli had said after the match that Ashwin did not use any bad words against Anderson.
"For the first time I was trying to calm things down, especially when he (James Anderson) is involved. Ashwin was not pleased with whatever he (Anderson) said something in the press. Ashwin told me on the ground. I had no clue about it. I did not know what to make of it. I was laughing about it but Ashwin wasn't too impressed. He (Ashwin) let him (Anderson) know, not using any bad words, honestly.
"I think he told him 'he was pretty disappointed' with what he said. 'It is important to accept defeat the way it is' and things like that. You know how Ashwin is. He can strike you well, to the point. He doesn't need to use bad words. That is exactly what happened. Later on I told 'James it is fine these things happen'. Let us move on with it," Kohli had explained about the incident.
Vaughan used the micro-blogging website Twitter to seek explanation from ICC as to why Ashwin was left unpunished for his altercation with Anderson.
"I don't understand @ICC why @benstokes38 was done for dissent in Mohali but @ashwinravi99 gets away with it in Mumbai .. ??? Please explain," tweeted Vaughan on Tuesday morning.
In the 3rd Test at Mohlai's IS Bindra Stadium, England all-rounder Ben Stokes was reprimanded by ICC for using offensive language against Kohli. Stokes was given a send-off by Kohli after he was dismissed on the 1st day of the Test. There was no punishment for the Indian skipper.
Many Indian fans attacked Vaughan for questioning Ashwin. There were also English supporters who called ICC as "Indian Cricket Council".