During the second Test of the five-match series, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jonny Bairstow had a bit of a heated exchange. On Day Four, right after the latter was given, Ashwin celebrated on England international's face. In reply, Bairstow gave it back. The right-hander went on to review LBW decision that went against him. He was given out facing Jasprit Bumrah.
The replays and hawk-eye suggested that the ball was hitting the stumps barely and as the 2019 World Cup winner was given out, he had to go back to the pavilion. This wicket led to an early Lunch with 194/6 on the board, needing 205 runs to win with only four wickets in hand.
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After the game, former England captain Kevin Pietersen alleged that Ashwin was chasing his 500 wickets milestone and this had an impact on his bowling.
"Ashwin was just chasing milestone. That's why he didn't bowl as well as he could have bowled. He did get it right on occasions. I thought he was way more threatening bowling wider outside off-stump round the wicket. I think he bowled over the wicket way too much to the right-handers. He can change bowling over-bowling around-bowling over more," Pietersen told official broadcasters after India's 106-run win over England on Monday.
England bowlers haven't found Ravichandran Ashwin out: Kevin Pietersen
"I'm certainly never going to say that he hasn't got it or the England bowlers have found him out. He is a tremendous bowler and he's got some big breakthroughs. It is about the team; it's not about the individual. He will want one more wicket and when he gets that may you'll see him a lot more relaxed, the shoulder drops and I can just now get on with the game," added the former England batter.