IND vs ENG: Forget Gratitude Post Covid, Cricket Gets Cut-Throat
Post Covid-19 as teams returned to the cricket field with gratitude, they avoided altercations on the field as the resumption of cricket was the priority with everyone thankful for it. However, as the series has progressed, things have gradually gotten ugly.
First, it was India's tour of Australia which started on a cordial note only to turn ugly by the end of the third Test in Sydney with Tim Paine's exchanges with R. Ashwin grabbing headlines.
And on Thursday, it was the India-England series, which had gone well for the first three Tests but which saw sparks flying as India skipper Virat Kohli and England batting all-rounder Ben Stokes got involved in an altercation.
Mohammed Siraj shared a few words with Stokes in the first session following which Kohli jumped into it and it led to the intervention of one of the umpires. Both Stokes and Siraj played down the incident saying these things happen on the field.
"It's two professionals showing they care about the sport that they love. A lot gets said these days when two guys seem to come to words out in the middle. There was completely nothing untoward, just two blokes who care about what they do and two guys who definitely don't back down," said Stokes while speaking to the media after the match.