New Delhi: The 5-match high-profile Test series between India and England is going to start on British soil from August 4. The first test match will be played at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge ground. When the England team came to India in February this year, Team India defeated it 3-1 in the Test series. Team India’s spirits are high after licking the British on their soil. Whenever the teams of India and England meet on the cricket field, it is not just about the ball and the bat. From minor tu-tu main-main to off-field controversies often become a part of the headlines. These disputes have increased the thrill of the collision between the two countries. Let’s take a look at 5 big disputes between India and England:-
Anderson made racial remarks on Jadeja and Dhoni
In the year 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 got into trouble with not only Jadeja but also captain Dhoni (MS Dhoni). Under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct, Team India accused Anderson of abusing Jadeja, pushing and racist comments. The England team also accused Jadeja of playing with the spirit of the game. Match referee David Boon fined Jadeja under Level 1 and deducted 50 percent of his match fee. Due to this, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also got furious in anger. Team India took the decision to appeal against it.
Surprisingly, despite the CCTV being installed in the stadium, the ECB did not have the footage of the incident when all this controversy took place. The Indian team had alleged that at Trentbridge, Anderson started the first dispute while going to lunch on the second day of the game and also pushed Jadeja. The ICC appointed Gordon Lewis as the Judicial Commissioner. After the hearing, the judicial commissioner gave a clean chit to Anderson and Jadeja and said that Jadeja’s fee would also not be deducted. Regarding this controversy, Dhoni had said in the press conference that he did not know what the match referee had fined Jadeja after seeing. We were right, Anderson had crossed the Lakshman Rekha. As for the judge, he needs proof. I will not speak on that matter. I did what should have been done. If any player of my team crosses the Lakshman Rekha, then I do not support him. It was not just about abuse. was pushed.
Zaheer Khan showed the bat to Pietersen
During the second Test match played in Nottingham in July 2007, there was a heated exchange between Team India’s fast bowler Zaheer Khan and English cricketer Kevin Pietersen. India had taken a 266-run lead over the hosts after England were bundled out for 198 in the first innings. Zaheer Khan came to bat after Laxman’s wicket fell. When 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 slips, not to do so, but instead of admitting his mistake, Pietersen clashed with Zaheer Khan. In such a situation, Zaheer also showed the bat to Pietersen in anger. Seeing the increasing heat between the two, the umpires tried to calm the matter. After the match, England team captain Michael Vaughan apologized for the jelly-beans controversy.
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. Ian Bell was frozen at the crease with Eoin Morgan on the third day of the Nottingham Test. Morgan played a shot on the last ball before the tee break and Ian Bell, who was batting with him, mistook it for a four. Ian Bell left his crease in a misunderstanding and started talking to Morgan, but Praveen Kumar caught the ball before the boundary line and threw it towards Abhinav Mukund. Mukund scattered the bails, after which on the appeal of the Indian team, the third umpire gave a runout to Ian Bell and the audience started hooting Team India, considering it a decision contrary to the spirit of the game.
During the tea break, England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower met India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and discussed Ian Bell’s runout issue. After this, Dhoni withdrew the appeal to run out Ian Bell in view of the spirit of the game. After the end of the tea break, Ian Bell got a chance to bat again. But, he became a victim of Yuvraj Singh by adding 22 more runs and returned to the pavilion for 159 runs. Under ICC rules, Ian Bell was outside the crease and was given a runout by the third umpire. But, Ian Bell was in the misunderstanding of going for a four and that is why he did not return to the crease. Due to that decision of Dhoni, he got the Spirit of Cricket of the Decade Award of the decade in 2020 after 9 years.
Nasir was surrounded by the plan to get Sachin out
When the England team was touring India in the year 2001, in the third and last Test match of the series played in Bangalore, English captain Nasser Hussain was adopting a lot of tactics to defeat India and dismiss Sachin Tendulkar. Nasir Hussain realized that India could be defeated if Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed. Nasser Hussain handed the ball to left-arm spinner Ashley Giles as part of the plan and asked Sachin Tendulkar to bowl only outside the leg-stump. This left Sachin disappointed, as he was unable to score his runs and was stumped while trying to play an inside out shot. England’s plan to bowl continuously outside the leg stump was criticized by many in the cricket world.
Stokes had messed up Kohli
Ben Stokes’ dispute with Team India’s captain Virat Kohli during the India tour in the year 2016 was very much discussed and these two players clashed on the middle ground. This case is of the 2016 Mohali Test match between Virat and Stokes. In the Mohali Test, England won the toss and decided to bat first. England had lost 4 wickets for 87 runs, but Jonny 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 the dismissal of Ben Stokes. Ben Stokes did not like Kohli’s style. Stokes looked back after being dismissed and said something that enraged Virat Kohli. Ben Stokes stopped on the field and started staring continuously at Virat Kohli. Seeing the attitude of Stokes, Virat told him something. The umpires separated the two even before the heat on the field increased. After this, Kohli was seen complaining to the umpires about Ben Stokes. In early 2021, when the England team came to India in February, Ben Stokes and Virat Kohli were once again seen clashing with each other.