After the end of the first day’s play in the second Test between India and England at Visakhapatnam, a noteworthy incident occurred as Team India’s bowling all-rounder, Ravichandran Ashwin, engaged in an animated chat with umpire Marais Erasmus. The interaction took place after stumps were called, with Ashwin, who remained unbeaten alongside centurion Yashasvi Jaiswal, appearing visibly animated during the conversation.
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The incident drew significant attention on social media platforms, as cameras captured Ashwin’s intense discussion with Erasmus. While pleasantries were exchanged between Jaiswal and several English cricketers, Ashwin’s demeanour suggested that he was upset about something.
Why Ashwin had a heated chat with the umpire?
The context of Ashwin’s animated conversation may be linked to the fact that the expected 90 overs for the day were completed before the cutoff time. Despite this, the umpire chose to extend the day’s play until the scheduled time of 4:30 pm IST. Unfortunately, India lost a wicket in the 91st over, requiring Ashwin to come out to bat for the last two overs of the day – a situation that many batters find unfavourable. This circumstance could have contributed to Ashwin’s apparent dissatisfaction.
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At stumps, India were 336 for the loss of six wickets, with Yashasvi Jaiswal remaining unbeaten on 179. With the help of four spinners, England bowled 93 overs during the day.
During the post-day media interaction, debutant Rajat Patidar was asked about Ashwin’s conversation with the umpire, but he expressed unawareness of the details, stating, “I don’t know what the conversation was about.”