England fast bowler James Anderson was in the centre of the emotional outburst that happened during the recently concluded Lord's Test between India and England. While the Indian pacers led by Jasprit Bumrah welcomed him with a barrage of short-pitch deliveries, the England pacers later thought it best to return the favour to the Indian tailenders and even exchanged a few words with the likes of Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
However, the plan clearly backfired as it got the best out of Shami and Bumrah's batting talent who stitched an unbeaten stand of 89 runs on the final day, scoring at a brisk pace to not only pull India out of a tricky situation but giving them a chance to win. Later, an outstanding effort by the Indian pacers helped the team dismiss England for 120 in the final innings to clinch a win by 151 runs.
And now amid all this, an old video of Anderson shredding R Ashwin's picture is going viral. During an old podcast with the BBC, Anderson had said that he is not convinced of Ashwin's statement that his run out of Jos Buttler at the non-striker's end, while he was trying to back up, was instinctive. Post the show, Greg James, the host of the programme, had shared this particular video of Anderson using a manual shredder to shred a picture of the veteran Indian spinner.
Here is the video:
While what Ashwin had done during the IPL encounter between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals is a matter of debate in itself, no one was clearly happy with Anderson's action. Some Indian fans had even questioned Anderson's "Spirit of the game."
The video has come back to haunt the Englishmen after some of them were questioning Kohli-led India and their aggressive approach at the Lord's Test.
"With two competitive teams you're going to see a lot of heart and great skills and some words," KL Rahul had said after the win.
"We don't mind a bit of banter, but if you go after one of our guys all eleven will come right back. That got us going, and the bowlers were really pumped to go out and have a crack," he added.