The tension between the Indian and English cricketers was not limited to the pitch during the second Test at Lord’s Stadium that ended this week. It spread beyond the boundary of the field. It has emerged in the English media that some of the Indian players on the bench, who were returning from the field to their dressing rooms, refused to give way to fast bowler Ollie Robinson, who was England’s 90/7 on the fifth and final day on Monday. But after being reduced, he was going to bat.
In a report, the Guardian newspaper said, “When Robinson was going down the stairs of the pavilion, some Indian players in tracksuits were coming back in the opposite direction after distributing drinks on the field. Robinson stops and waits for him to move aside.”
According to the report, Indian players do not step aside. Robinson waits. they wait. Eventually they awkwardly rub each other. The whole incident hardly lasts for a few seconds.
After the first Test at Trent Bridge ended smoothly and that too without incident earlier this month, tensions escalated in the second Test from the fag end of the third day when Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah took on England pacer. James Anderson attacked with a short delivery.
After this the players of both the teams clashed with each other. The war of words between Indian captain Virat Kohli and Anderson had reached a climax.