Jelly beans and Vaseline: Recapping India-England stand-off at Trent Bridge

first_imgIndia will take on England at Trent Bridge from Saturday with the five-Test series on the line. After losing the first two matches at Edgbaston and Lord’s, India have arrived at a venue that does not necessarily seem to intimidate them too much.Out of six Tests India have played at Trent Bridge over the years, they have won 1, lost two and drawn three. In 2014 India walked away with a draw. Three years before in 2011, India had gone down by a massive 319 runs; in 2007, India won by 7 wickets and went on to win the series a few days later.Trent Bridge has been witness to some sterling contests between the two sides. Sourav Ganguly’s 136, Sachin Tendulkar’s 177, Virender Sehwag’s 106, Michael Vaughan’s 197, Zaheer Khan’s nine-wicket match haul, Rahul Dravid’s 117, Ian Bell’s 159 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s all-round heroics are now part of folklore.But this iconic Test venue has also seen its share of controversies between two of the most popular teams in world cricket. The Virat Kohli-Joe Root mic drop episode might have added some spice to the series but there were far more intense wars fought out years ago.Also Read – England wary of injured Virat Kohli at Trent BridgeThe jelly bean prank (2007): Zaheer said England’s attempts to unsettle him by tossing jelly beans on to the wicket proved the spur for his five-wicket haul in the second Test of the series.Zaheer claimed five for 75 in England’s second innings at Trent Bridge to finish with a match haul of nine for 134.advertisementThe umpires had to intervene as Zaheer exchanged words with England’s slip cordon while he batted in India’s first innings. Zaheer Khan said England fielders attempted to unsettle him by tossing jelly beans on to the wicket while he was batting (Reuters Photo)”It’s an incident that has been blown out of proportion. A few jelly beans were left on the floor by the stumps at a drinks interval as we got a wicket,” Vaughan told reporters after England defeat in the Trent Bridge Test.”If it offended Zaheer in any way we apologise for that. But there were no jelly beans thrown from the slip cordon,” Vaughan said.Vaseline controversy (2011): Vaseline controversy erupted in the second India-England Test when VVS Laxman was accused of using it on his bat to manipulate the Hot-Spot technology in the Decision Review System.”Has Vaseline on the outside edge saved the day for Laxman?” tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan after Laxman was ruled not out by third umpire after the Decision Review System (DRS) was pressed into action by England in the first session on the third day of the match.India walk into another England fortress in a bid to stay alive in Test seriesAs umpire Asad Rauf ruled in Laxman’s favour, England skipper Andrew Strauss went for DRS but that too didn’t favour the home side. Kevin Pietersen and Laxman were seen getting into a bit of an argument.It was the second time vaseline quite infamously figured in Test matches between the two countries. VVS Laxman was accused of applying vaseline on his bat to manipulate the Hot-Spot technology (Reuters Photo)When England toured India for the 1976-77 series, England’s left-arm fast bowler John Lever was accused by Indian skipper Bishan Singh Bedi of using vaseline to gain undue swing with his bowling during the Delhi Test and ended up with 7/46 and 3/24 on his debut Test.Ravi Shastri’s message for Indian batsmen: Be prepared to look ugly and show gritAnderson-Jadeja face-off (2014): The International Cricket Council (ICC) charged England’s bowling spearhead under level 3 of the code of conduct for allegedly “abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja” during the opening Test of the five-match series in Nottingham in 2014.Time for Rishabh Pant to make Test debut after Dinesh Karthik’s failures?Anderson, adjudged man of the match in the Test for his all-round performance, was charged after India team manager Sunil Dev reported the alleged incident that took place immediately after the players left the field for lunch on the second day of the match.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) expressed “surprise” at India’s complaint for what they dubbed as a “minor incident”.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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