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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Indian cricket star Ashwin takes fixing jibe at South Africa's Gibbs

India takes swing at former South Africa batsman's history in reaction to joke about his running ability

Ravichandran Ashwin explained why he deleted his original tweet. Ishara S Kodikara / AFP
Ravichandran Ashwin explained why he deleted his original tweet. Ishara S Kodikara / AFP

Ravi Ashwin made reference to Herschelle Gibbs's involvement in match-fixing in a tetchy Twitter exchange between the pair on Monday morning.

India all-rounder Ashwin posted a tweet endorsing a pair of Nike trainers, to which former South Africa batsman Gibbs replied: "Hopefully you will be able to run a bit faster now ashwin".

Ashwin's response to that was to write: "Surely not as fast 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."

Gibbs replied: "Can't take a joke I see anyway moving swiftly on.."

Ashwin then said: "I totally believed my reply was a joke too, but look how people and yourself perceived it. I am totally game for this sort of fun mate, we shall dine over this sometime."

Herschelle Gibbs was in the spotlight for alleged corruption in 2000. Christopher Pike / The National
Herschelle Gibbs was in the spotlight for alleged corruption in 2000. Christopher Pike / The National

The tweet that mentioned match-fixing was then deleted, and Ashwin said: "What's sensitive to me isn't to someone else, and what's sensitive to you isn't to me. I want to respect my family of fans and hence pulled the tweet down, and now entertainment over for all my haters. See you later."

Gibbs in 2000 was banned from international cricket for six months over his involvement in a match-fixing scandal involving a number of South Africa players on their tour of India.

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