England all-rounder David Willey has accused the Indian team of not playing in the “spirit of cricket” during the first T20I of the ongoing three-match series at the Old Trafford.Also Read - Indian Team Reaches Nottingham Ahead of Test Series Against England
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar stopped in between his delivery stride during the last over of English innings in Manchester and it annoyed Willey, who said that the tactics employed by the Indian bowlers were ‘not in the spirit of the game’. Even left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who had wrecked havoc on the English batsmen and picked up a fifer, had resorted twice to similar tactics while bowling to Jos Buttler. Also Read - SL vs IND, 3rd T20I: Sri Lanka Spinners Expose India's Batsmen to Register 7-Wicket Win, Clinch Series 2-1
“I’m guessing, but I think he (Bhuvneshwar) was looking to see what I was going to do,” Willey said while addressing the media on the eve of the second T20I of the series. Also Read - SL vs IND 2021: Second T20I to go Ahead as Scheduled, Shikhar Dhawan Available
“They did that a few times. The spinners did it a couple of times. I’m not sure what the rules are on that. I don’t particularly like it. I don’t think it is necessarily in the spirit of cricket,” he added.
He also said that it was not his job to comment on what the Indian bowlers should or shouldn’t be doing. “Personally, I don’t think I’d do that. I don’t think it is great,” he insisted.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul, who scored an unbeaten ton to guide India to a comfortable eight-wicket win in the opening game, judged this technique used by bowlers to be “fair”.
“It will frustrate me as a batsman, it did I guess frustrate the English batsmen but the margin for error for bowlers in T20 cricket is very little so whatever tactics they can come up with and whatever they try to do to upset the batsmen is only fair,” Rahul said.
“You know you can do it as a bowler, you can run a batsman out, he was taking few strides too many and it is a long boundary and if he gets that much start he can keep rotating the strike and keep getting two runs which will frustrate the bowler in return, so it’s only fair,” he added.
The Men in Blue, who are brimming with confidence after their clinical performance in the opening T20I, will aim to seal the series whereas England would look to bounce back and keep the three-match rubber alive when the two sides meet each other in the second match at the Sophia Gardens on Friday.
(With inputs from cricket.com.au)