5 Famous Cricket Controversies from the India vs England Test Series

Cricket Controversies
Cricket Controversies

Cricket controversies with the Indian team are plenty. Be it the Aussies, Pakistan or minnows like Bangladesh, Team India has always given back. As we wait for the highly anticipated India vs England Test match series, here are some interesting face offs that happened between the two sides. 

The first time India and England faced off each other was in 1932 which makes it a 86 year old cricket relationship between them. In this long journey, they have seen many ups and downs between their players.

Let us take a look at the 5 cricket controversies that took place between India and England :

  1. Nasser Hussain’s tactics for Sachin Tendulkar

Cricket Controversies
Cricket Controversies – 2001 Test Series

At Banglore in 2001, Nasser Hussain the captain of England team was planning tactics to beat India, and he realized that he would be able to do so if he would take out the main man, Sachin Tendulkar.

He made a plan and asked the left-arm spinner Ashley Giles to bowl Sachin outside his leg stump from over the wicket. This left Sachin frustrated as he was unable to keep his runs going and got stumped while attempting an inside-out shot.

The outside the leg stump bowling approach by England was heavily criticized by many around the cricketing world.

  1. England’s jelly bean tactic which backfired

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Cricket Controversies – 2007 Series

During the second test of India’s tour to England in 2007, when Zaheer Khan walked out to bat, he observed a jelly bean placed too close to him.

As he continued playing, he observed more jelly bean’s coming his way and reacted angrily and reacted in the direction of Kevin Pietersen waving his bat towards him sensing that it was he who was behind this.

  1. Dhoni’s gesture towards Ian Bell

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Cricket Controversies – MS Dhoni and Ian Bell

In the 2nd Power Test on Trent Bridge cricket ground, which was the third day, Before a break for tea, Eoin Morgan played a ball towards the boundary and after that, it appeared that it was four runs despite a dive from Praveen Kumar. Soon throw came in from Kumar and with Bell out of his ground, Abhinav Mukund dislodged the bails, leaving Bell and the rest confused.

At the interval, England coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss came into the Indian dressing room to find more and Dhoni decided to overturn the decision and allowed Bell to continue batting after the break.

For this gesture, he won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award.

  1. James Anderson had pushed Ravindra Jadeja

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Cricket Controversies – Ravi Jadeja and James Anderson

Trent Bridge was under a lot of controversies, James Anderson had pushed Ravindra Jadeja in the corridors of the Nottingham dressing room and used abusive language against him. There was no proof of this scene as no audio facility available, there was no clarity as to what was exactly told with Anderson stating it was nothing heated and also denied having pushed Jadeja in the corridors of the dressing room.

After a lot of drama, Anderson was found not guilty and Jadeja was fined half of his match fee by the referee.

  1. Lala Amarnath was sent back home from England

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Cricket Controversies – Lala Amarnath

In the 1936 tour of England by India, it seemed like trouble was there in the camp with Vijananda Gajapathi Raju, also known as Vizzy.

Amarnath was set to walk out to bat at Number 4 as and when a wicket fell, but eventually came out Number 7 and was annoyed by the decision when stumps were called that evening, hurling abuses on the way back to the hut.

Amarnath was asked to leave the touring party, without playing a single Test match on that tour.

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