India in England: Let Bat and Ball do the Talking, Says Sunil Gavaskar


The James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja row, that took place on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test, has promised to spice up the second Test between England and India at Lord’s and even threatened to create a rift in relations between the BCCI and ECB, but former India skipper and NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar said there should be no room for any kind of talking on the field, other than cricket skills.

“What we saw on the field of play is that there was some talking going on between the two players but what happened inside the dressing room or leading up into the dressing room is something that the TV cameras also don’t have,” Gavaskar told NDTV on Wednesday.

Gavaskar also told NDTV he had seen bowlers trying to work up batsmen in his 125-Test career but it was nothing like what players get up to today and called the situation unfortunate. Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott had earlier, also slammed the growing aggression on the field and called forstern punishment if Anderson was found guilty of the serious charges leveled against him.

Gavaskar, who is now a well-respected commentator, said when circumstances come up, the match referee should also be strong enough to say to both teams that they should only let their bat and ball do the talking, instead of the ungainly behavior on display….

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