Virender Sehwag recollected an infamous incident relating to the ‘Spirit of the game’ that involved spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, MS Dhoni and Glenn Maxwell during the 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sehwag recalled how Ashwin blew dirt after dismissing Maxwell, in a send off to the batsman, while playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Sehwag, who was at the other end of the crease, revealed that Dhoni wasn’t impressed with this act and even scolded the bowler for it.
Sehwag said, “When I was playing for Punjab, (Ravichandran) Ashwin dismissed (Glenn) Maxwell and then he picked up some dust and blew at him. I didn’t like that. But I never came out and spoke publicly about whether what he did was wrong or against the ‘Spirit of the game’, though MS Dhoni got angry and even scolded him.”
“It was Ashwin’s wish to do that. And if any player spoke about the incident after the match to the media, or on social media then that also would have become a big thing. It’s the players’ responsibility — whatever happens on the field should not be allowed to come out,” Sehwag added.