The four-match high-profile Test series between India and England will begin in Chennai from 5 February. The first two Test matches will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Team India (India) are on a high after having beaten Australia (Australia) in their home series 2–1 and they are ready to beat the British on their soil. Whenever teams of India and England clash on the cricket field, it is not just about the ball and bat. Disputes ranging from minor tu-tu main-main to off-field often become part of the headlines. These disputes have only increased the thrill of competition between the two countries.
Let’s take a look at the 5 major disputes between India and England: –
Kohli was caught by Stokes
Ben Stokes feud with Team India captain Virat Kohli on the tour of India in the year 2016 was quite popular and both these players clashed on the middle ground. The case between Virat and Stokes is of the 2016 Mohli Test match. England won the toss and decided to bat first in the Mohali Test. England had lost 4 wickets for 87 runs, but Johnny Bairstow and Ben Stokes were frozen at the crease. After a long time, Ravindra Jadeja stumped Ben Stokes at the hands of wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel. Team India and Virat Kohli celebrated after Ben Stokes was dismissed. Ben Stokes did not like Kohli’s style. After being dismissed, Stokes turned back and said something that provoked Virat Kohli. Ben Stokes stopped on the field and continued to stare at Virat Kohli. Virat said something to him after seeing Stokes’ Attitude. The umpires separated the two before the heat was rising and rising on the field. After this, Kohli was seen complaining to the umpires about Ben Stokes.
Anderson did a bad job with Jadeja and Dhoni
In 2014, when Team India went on a tour of England to play a five-match Test series, James Anderson clashed with Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the first Test. While returning for lunch on the second day of the Nottingham Test played in 2014, Anderson was entangled not only with Jadeja but also with captain Dhoni (MS Dhoni). Under Level three of the ICC Code of Conduct, Team India accused Anderson of misbehaving with Jadeja and pushing him. So, the England team also accused Jadeja of messing with sportsmanship. Match referee David Boon fined Jadeja 50% of his match fees under Level 1. Due to this, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also got furious. Team India decided to appeal against it.
Surprisingly, even though CCTV was installed in the stadium, the ECB did not have footage of the incident when the whole controversy took place. The Indian team had alleged that Anderson (James Anderson) at Trentbridge first started a dispute while going to lunch on the second day of the game and also pushed Ravindra Jadeja. The ICC appointed Gordon Louis as the Judicial Commissioner. The Judicial Commissioner gave a clean chit to Anderson and Jadeja after the hearing and said that Jadeja’s fees would not be deducted either. On this controversy, Dhoni said in the press conference that he did not know what the match referee had fined Jadeja. We were right, Anderson had Lakshman Rekha. If it is a judge, then they need proof. I will not speak on that issue. I did what should have been done. If any player of my team transcends Lakshman Rekha, I do not support him. It was not just about abuse. Was pushed
Big controversy over Ian Bell’s run out
In July 2011, a big controversy arose over the run-out of Ian Bell in the third Test match played between India and England in Nottingham. On the third day of the Nottingham Test, Ian Bell was frozen at the crease with Eoin Morgan. Morgan played a shot on the last ball before the tee break, and Ian Bell, who was batting with him, thought it a four. Ian Bell left his crease in a misunderstanding and started talking to Morgan, but before the boundary line, Praveen Kumar caught and threw it towards Abhinav Mukund. Mukund dispersed the gullies, after which the third umpire gave the runout to Ian Bell on the appeal of the Indian team and the audience started hooting Team India, considering it to be the opposite of the spirit of the game.
During the tea break, England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower met with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and talked about Ian Bell’s runout. After this Dhoni (Dhoni) withdrew his appeal to run out Ian Bell in view of the spirit of the game. Ian Bell got a chance to bat again after the tee break was over. However, he became the victim of Yuvraj Singh by adding 22 runs and returned to the pavilion for 159 runs. Ian Bell was out of the crease under ICC rules and was given a runout by the third umpire. However, Ian Bell was in the misconception of going to the Chowka and that is why he did not return to the crease. Because of that decision of Dhoni, after 9 years in 2020, he received the Decade Spirit of Cricket of the Decade Award.
Zaheer Khan showed bat to Peterson
During the second Test match played in Nottingham in July 2007, the team became hotly contested between India’s fast bowler Zaheer Khan and English cricketer Kevin Pietersen. After England were bowled out for 198 runs in the first innings, India had a 266-run lead over the hosts. After Laxman’s wicket fell, Zaheer Khan came to bat. While Zaheer Khan was batting, he saw some jelly beans (toffee) lying on the crease, which he immediately removed from there. But, after playing the next ball, he again saw many more jelly beans lying on the pitch. After this, Zaheer Khan got angry and asked Kevin Pietersen, who was fielding in the slip, not to do so, but instead of accepting his mistake, Pietersen confronted Zaheer Khan. In such a situation, Zaheer also angrily showed Peterson the bat. Seeing the heat rising between the two, the umpires tried to calm the matter. After the match, England team captain Michael Vaughan apologized for the jelly-beans controversy.
Nasir was surrounded on the plan to dismiss Sachin
When the England team was on a tour of India in 2001, in the third and last Test match of the series played in Bangalore, the British captain Nasser Hussain was taking a lot of hand to defeat India and dismiss Sachin Tendulkar. Nasir Hussain realized that if Sachin Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar) was dismissed, India could be defeated. Nasser Hussain under the plan asked left arm spinner Ashley Giles to bowl and Sachin Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar) to bowl just outside the leg stump. This frustrated Sachin, as he was unable to score his runs and was stumped while trying to play the inside out shot. England’s plan to bowl outside leg-stumps consistently was criticized by many in the cricket world.