It all started when Ashwin put out a promotional tweet about his new Nike running shoes on the microblogging site Twitter when Gibbs took a healthy dig at the Indian for his inability to run fast.
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
To which Gibbs responded, "Hopefully you will be able to run a bit faster now ashwin"
Hopefully you will be able to run a bit faster now ashwin 😂— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) February 19, 2018
For the lack of a better comeback, Ashwin wrote, “...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,” said Ashwin. Sensing that a controversy was around the corner, Ashwin quickly removed the tweet.
But the damage had already been done. After a stinging reply from Ashwin, Gibbs chose not to retaliate but made it clear that the tweet was supposed to be taken as a joke.
Gibbs tweeted, "Can’t take a joke i see😉 anyway moving swiftly on.."
Can’t take a joke i see😉 anyway moving swiftly on..— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) February 19, 2018
After the South African took a step back, Ashwin tried to diffuse the situation. He tweeted, “I am totally game for this sort of fun mate, we shall dine over this sometime.”
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
However, Ashwin's bitter jibe was met with severe criticism on the platform. Many even joked around cricketer's below the belt comeback.
Ashwin: Aaj khana me banunga— Akshay Jain (@AkshayKatariyaa) February 19, 2018
Ashwin’s wife : Hopefully accha banaoge
Ashwin : Surely not as good as you did mate, unfortunately i wasn’t as blessed as you were. But i blessed with a wonderfully ethical mind to make some good sabji which can be served on plate.
Waiter: What will it be, gentlemen?— Sanjana (@poisonaavi) February 19, 2018
Gibbs: I'll have the smoked salmon
Ashwin: I was blessed with a wonderfully ethical mind not to fix games which put food on my plate
Someone should do a study, pretty sure Indians (especially rich and famous ones like sports stars and actors) will rank really high up on touchiness when it comes to taking a joke— Bratticus (@bharatunnithan) February 19, 2018
Looking at you, Ashwin
Irony died when people who take dig at CSK for FIXING (which was betting) are teaching Ashwin morality. Rehem khaa lo sasta hai!— Silly Point 🏏 (@FarziCricketer) February 19, 2018
Ashwin's ball of the century pic.twitter.com/IWdwMSXbKe— Dennis Does PSL (@DennisCricket_) February 19, 2018
*On a date*— Iyeronical (@LosingMotion) February 19, 2018
Girl: I will have the non veg platter. And you?
Ashwin: I was blessed with a wonderfully ethical mind not to fix games which put food on my plate.
Somebody please tell Ravichandran Ashwin that Herschelle Gibbs didn't coach Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav..— Writer Thakur (@IndianWriterV) February 19, 2018
Ashwin talking about ethical mind after playing for CSK is just too funny.— MV (@khamaniyo) February 19, 2018
Lol. What idiotic cover up! Pull up bro! Frustration of not being in team is getting better of you. A simple apology would have been nice but you are still neck deep in arrogance. Not your fan anymore.— THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) February 19, 2018
Don’t overdo.. you just missed it. It’s okay! pic.twitter.com/4fkZBH6Xpx— Maithun (MBBS, MD) (@Being_Humor) February 19, 2018
Man, even Rahul Dravid wasn’t this good at defense😂— Naveen (@TheNaveenReddy) February 19, 2018
Gibbs was implicated in the match-fixing scandal during South Africa's tour to India in 2000. For his involvement in the entire case, Gibbs was suspended for six months, while Hansie Cronje was banned for life.