More than cricket, the on-field chit chat between the India and England players became the talking point of the final session on Day Four of the fourth Test at the VCA Stadium.
Jonathan Trott, then batting on 43, got involved in a spat with Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma. It all started in the 62nd over of England’s second innings. Off the fourth ball of the over, Trott survived a huge caught-behind appeal after trying to cut a delivery, not very wide of the off-stump.
Both Ishant, the bowler, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were convinced of a nick, but umpire Kumara Dharmasena remained unmoved.
Immediately at the end of the over, Kohli and Ishant went towards Trott and exchanged a word or two with him before the umpires intervened. No complaint was lodged.
Later, Ravichandran Ashwin said that Trott’s stepping out of the crease to hit the ball — which slipped out of Ravindra Jadeja’s grip and rolled outside the pitch — for four during the post-lunch session was the root cause of all problems.
“We’re pushing for a win. So it could be a little heated... But it’s nothing serious, as just one or two words were exchanged,” Ashwin said. “It’s just that the shot he hit (for four) was a rolling ball.”
Towards the close of play, Ashwin too, had stopped in his delivery stride and warned Trott about backing up too far.
Explaining the reason behind not running out Trott, the off-spinner said: “If he can walk and hit the ball, I, too, can run him out.
“But I wouldn’t do so. That’s because we feel we have got enough time to actually get him out again.”