New Delhi [India], Feb 19 (ANI): Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs got involved in a Twitter spat on Monday, but the war of words took an ugly turn when the former recalled the latter's match-fixing episode.
The Twitter conversation started when Ashwin posted a video promoting a shoe brand, to which Gibbs replied by saying that, hopefully the new shoes will make the off-spinner run faster.
Hey Guys! Just got my hands on the new NIKE React. It's got a stunning design and the foam technology used makes it light and comfortable to use. Undoubtedly, the best running shoes I've stepped into, can't wait to flaunt them.— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 19, 2018
#NikeReact #InstantGo #teamNike pic.twitter.com/SmspLkw2dA
Hopefully you will be able to run a bit faster now ashwin ??— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) February 19, 2018
Gibbs' joke did not go down well with Ashwin as he brought up the former Proteas cricketer's involvement in the infamous match-fixing saga in 2000.
The bowler replied to Gibbs', saying, "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."
Responding, the Proteas opener accused Ashwin of not knowing how to tackle jokes.
Can't take a joke i see?? anyway moving swiftly on..— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) February 19, 2018
In an attempt to pacify the situation, Ashwin invited Gibbs on a dinner and also pulled down his 'fixing scandal' tweet.
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.?? https://t.co/Z7YdXQnxeD— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 19, 2018
Gibbs was involved in match fixing affair with former captain Hansie Cronje in 2000. (ANI)