English all-rounder David Willey was not pleased with the way Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav acted and termed it ‘against the spirit of the game’.
“I think he [Bhuvneshwar] was looking to see what I was going to do. They did that a few times. The spinners did it a couple of times. I’m not sure what the rules are on that. I don’t particularly like it. I don’t think it is necessarily in the spirit of cricket.
“It’s not my job to comment on that too much on what they should or shouldn’t be doing. Personally, I don’t think I’d do that. I don’t think it is great.
“It was something of nothing. I think with all the microphones and cameras people get a bit giddy about this sort of thing. I don’t think they got under our skin particularly. They have a few fiery characters and that is part and parcel of cricket. It has gone on for years, mostly unnoticed because of the lack of cameras and microphones. There is more attention drawn to it now. There is far less of it now,” Willey said after the 1st T20I.
However, Indian batsman KL Rahul had a different opinion. Rahul believed that the game has become so heavily stacked in the favour of batsmen that it was ‘only fair’ what the Indian bowlers did.
“It will frustrate me as a batsman, it did I guess frustrate the English batsmen but the margin for error for bowlers in T20 cricket is very little so whatever tactics they can come up with and whatever they try to do to upset the batsmen is only fair.
“And he [Kuldeep] didn’t do anything which… you know you can do it as a bowler, you can run a batsman out, he [Hales] was taking few strides too many and it is a long boundary and if he gets that much start he can keep rotating the strike and keep getting two runs which will frustrate the bowler in return, so its only fair,” Rahul concluded.