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Ravichandran Ashwin engages in war of words with Herschelle Gibbs, gets dressing down from Twitterati

Ashwin, for all his guile with ball and bat, wasn't exactly known to be the fittest player to have ever set his foot on the cricket field. So understandably, Gibbs' tweet would not have gone down well with the ace spinner, and it didn't.

Ravichandran Ashwin engages in war of words with Herschelle Gibbs, gets dressing down from Twitterati

Things heated up a bit between Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs on Monday. There was a jibe, an angry retort that was as caustic as mocking and then an eyewash of an effort to patch up.

Ashwin had posted on Twitter his approval of a running shoe brand with which he was associated, praising its design and comfort, among other things. Gibbs, however, decided to engage in a bit of leg-pulling, tweeting to Ashwin, saying that he hoped the new brand of footwear helped Ashwin to "run faster".

Ashwin, for all his guile with ball and bat, wasn't exactly known to be the fittest player to have ever set his foot on the cricket field. So understandably, Gibbs' tweet would not have gone down well with the ace spinner, and it didn't.

"Surely not as fast as you did, mate, unfortunately I wasn't as blessed as you were. But I was blessed with a wonderfully ethical mind not to fix games which put food on my plate," Ashwin replied, venom dripping from every word.

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One would remember, Gibbs was alleged to have been involved in the match-fixing scam which shook the cricket world to its core at the start of the millennium. He was for a long time hounded by the Delhi Police, which made him avoid tours to India.

In 2006, he accepted that he was offered money to 'throw' matches in 2000 and that the message was passed onto him by the disgraced former South African skipper, the late Hansie Cronje. Gibbs, however, was named in the South African squad for the 2006 Champions Trophy in India and had to visit India and talk to the Indian authorities. In 2008, he joined the Deccan Chargers franchise in the in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Gibbs tried to douse the fire with a subsequent tweet, and Ashwin made a rather ungainly attempt to mend frayed nerves.

Ashwin later deleted his tweet, saying that: “What’s sensitive to me isn’t to someone else, and what’s sensitive to you isn’t to me.”

However, he was given a dressing down by the Twitterati for what was perceived as a boorish reaction. Here is a collection of tweets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated Date: February 20, 2018 10:09:29 IST

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