Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has hit out at the India’s Team Director Ravi Shastri and Test captain Virat Kohli questioning their philosophy of aggression after Ishant Sharma incident resulted in a one-Test ban for the lanky Delhi fast bowler.
“I am a bit concerned with the Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri partnership. That the Indians are not trying to tone their behavior down after Australia, and have got into ugly confrontations with even a team like Sri Lanka, tells me that they don’t see these actions as misdemeanors at all,” Manjrekar wrote in his column for ESPN Cricinfo.
Manjrekar, a former Test batsman and noted TV commentator feels Ishant’s over-the-top behaviour during the recent series in Sri Lanka was unwarranted and skipper Virat Kohli and team director Ravi Shastri should have done a better job in toning down the bowler’s demeanor.
“Perhaps this is all part of their new brand of aggressive cricket. If that’s the case, it does not make any cricketing sense at all. For this version of aggressive cricket has cost India the services of their strike bowler, a player who is in great form, in a crucial Test match.“
The ICC imposed two penalty points on the Indian fast bowler after he gave a send-off to opener Upul Tharanga in the first over of Sri Lanka’s second innings — his third such offence during the heated series between the neighbours.
As a result, Ishant will miss the first Test against South Africa in Mohali, which starts on November 5, and the ICC warned that he faced a ban of up to one year if he repeated the offence within the next 12 months.
Tempers flared when Ishant, after taking a single and running past Prasad, was seen smacking his own head as if daring the bowler to try to bounce him. Chandimal joined from the slip, brushing shoulders with the Indian.
“These experienced cricketers forgot their fundamental responsibilities of respecting their opponents, as well as the umpires, and got involved in incidents which were clearly against the spirit of the game. Their actions cannot be condoned and must be discouraged.“
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