India in England 2014

Dhoni implacable on Anderson

James Anderson has riled many opponents in an illustrious Test career, but when it came to his disagreement with Ravindra Jadeja, India's captain MS Dhoni saw a chance to make a stand

Sidharth Monga

July 16, 2014

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MS Dhoni examines his bat during a nets session, Lord's, July 15, 2014
MS Dhoni would not be persuaded to compromise on the Anderson-Jadeja spat © Getty Images
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It is usually the other way around. MS Dhoni likes to keep his India team in a bubble, he does not acknowledge the grandness of things because he believes such an approach keeps them from performing at their best. WACA, Wankhede; Test, Twenty20 - they are all the same, or at least he tries to keep it that way until the games begin.

Yet in the middle of his press conference a day before the second Test of this series, Dhoni reminded the journalists: "Let's talk about Lord's. We all know the importance of Lord's." What irony.

This is, of course, Lord's. This is, of course, an important Test match, the second of a series that refused to take off in the first because of a drab pitch. But there was a reason Dhoni wanted to talk about Lord's.

This also involves two players who could be banned by the time the third Test starts. James Anderson could miss two to four, Ravindra Jadeja could miss one. They might not miss any. They might someday play for the same IPL team. They might even get into exhibition bouts once they are retired. One thing that will not emerge, however, is a boastful spat with two different versions such as in the altercation between Ian Chappell and Ian Botham.

The sketchiness of the legal language as the information emerges is quite laughable yet this is a serious matter that has potential of becoming messy. This is the first time an international player has been charged with a level 3 offence since 2007-08 when Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds collided. There is no video evidence here, which could make this one team's word against the other.

No one is talking facts right now, but what we know is this. On day two of the Trent Bridge Test, walking back for lunch, between the playing field and changing rooms, Anderson allegedly pushed Jadeja who had allegedly turned around suddenly in an aggressive manner. There had been continuous sledging in the last over before lunch when Jadeja survived an lbw shout. The ICC will now go through its process of appointing a commissioner to rule on the matter.

 
 
Alastair Cook told BBC he will be surprised if Anderson is banned, an India squad member said off the record that Anderson toh ghus gaya. In essence: he is a goner.
 

The players and BCCI and ICC are giving out precious little, but what ESPNcricinfo has been able to establish is this. Dhoni initiated the process the next day, which was Friday. There was pressure from both respective boards, now part of the exclusive clique of three that runs international cricket, to resolve the issue without an official complaint, but Dhoni put his foot down.

An ICC lawyer travelled to England on Friday, but could not broker peace, and on Tuesday this charge became official. On Wednesday England responded with a level 2 charge against Jadeja. With video evidence lacking, India's witnesses have been Gautam Gambhir and R Ashwin. Both the sides are claiming off the record to have at least one clinching neutral witness on their side.

Alastair Cook told BBC he will be surprised if Anderson is banned, an India squad member said off the record that Anderson toh ghus gaya. In essence: he is a goner.

What we are getting from the two teams is inferences. Cook is saying this is India's way of eliminating England's best bowler, also the Man of the Match at Trent Bridge. There might be merit to this, what with India being the most powerful board and with Duncan Fletcher, who does not mind a bit of gamesmanship, as their coach. After all, aren't they trying to get the ODI playing conditions changed just before the World Cup because the new ones are hampering their slower bowlers?

Then again Dhoni's India are not known to playing cricket in this confrontational manner. At Trent Bridge, three years ago, he called back Ian Bell, who was well and fairly run out. In an ODI in Brisbane in 2011-12, they retracted a mankading appeal against Lahiru Thirimanne, who continued to back up too far in the same match, and whose team-mates incidentally mankaded an England batsman earlier this English summer.


James Anderson breaks down during the post-match presentation, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day, June 24, 2014
James Anderson has had a tough and emotional summer © AFP
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When Dhoni was told of this Cook allegation, it was the first time he became expressive in an otherwise cool and collected press conference. He suggested Jadeja was the victim here, not Anderson. He also spoke of how at times in the past his team-mates have been goaded into ill-advised actions by the opposition's sledging. India are indignant in an enough-is-enough way. Another member of their touring party said: "This is like being blamed for coming to police when your house has been burgled."

This is not as ugly as the last time a level 3 offence was registered - and that could be because nobody has seen this - but it has similarities. Back then Anil Kumble went to the Australian dressing room, but Ricky Ponting would not have any of it. It is England this time who are aggrieved that this has become a big official issue.

Just like the two protagonists of Sydney 2007-08, the two individuals involved here have somehow managed to rub opponents the wrong way, although this should in no way establish anyone's guilt or innocence.

Anderson is known to be a gentle person off the field, which comes across in his press conferences, but moody and confrontational on it. For some reason he ends up riling the opposition more than, say, Stuart Broad, who is far from mealy-mouthed on the field too. It was Anderson whose "f****** elbow" Michael Clarke wanted broken. Anderson has also bowled more Test overs - 996 - over the last two years than anyone in the world has; Broad is next with 826. He might have been near the edge.

Jadeja, he who turned around suddenly, is ironically not known for turning - he turns only the odd ball in a spell. He is ridiculed for having scored three first-class triple-centuries on flat pitches in India; he is not much of a batsman as we have seen. Yet India have insisted on him, and his bowling has shown merit enough to become a Test spinner.

He has a fat IPL contract with Dhoni's team, and is managed by Dhoni's best friend and manager. Cricket players are a small world, they notice these things, and they are not known for liking Jadeja much. If Anderson is the habitual sledger, among cricket circles Jadeja is that annoying successful and rich man who not many believe should be.

There is one dissimilarity from Sydney, though. No one is going to threaten to take his bat and ball and go home. These two are part of the Big Three. The cricketing world is not big enough to be able to have just one friend. This will end much more amicably.

The only positive to have come out of this is that two boards have left the cricketing issue to the cricketers, and have not pulled any punches. There have been some efforts to keep this down, but eventually the bosses have trusted the judgement of Dhoni and Cook in a cricketing matter that has the potential of souring their financial ties. One can always hope.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by SharunnShaggy on (July 19, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

There is no video evidence but it is clear in the video that Anderson was continuously coming and sledging jadeja. But the reverse did not happen. From the minimum evidence we can say that Anderson is the one who started all these things. Being a best bowler can help England but having a worst behaviour will not help this sport

Posted by   on (July 19, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

@Niel Ross, being judgmental, aren't you?Fine for both players and Anderson is off the hook (:Roll eyes) Why don't you join the jury? Of course Cook may choose to defend his players (irrespective of whether or not the defense is credible) as he did earlier this summer during the 'Mankading'

Posted by fguy on (July 17, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

a lot of shameful "blame the victim" mentality being displayed here

i hope cricket administrators dont think like what people like landl47, bobmartin, BellCurve etc are saying where they find pushing & shoving perfectly acceptable or the game will become the next MMA

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

At one hand Cook says he didn't see the incident. On the other hand he is convinced that this is some cheap tactic to get his outstanding player disqualified.

Leave it to the people investigating the incident - no harm in supporting your player - but to insinuate that this is some tactic to get Anderson unsettled is unreasonable.

Posted by draconianguy on (July 17, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

The solution is simple: ban sledging. Off-field altercations like this one are inevitable if players are permitted to abuse each other on-field. Besides, sledging is a vile stain on the game -- it's unsportsmanlike and should be banned anyway.

Posted by katilya28 on (July 17, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

One small question to cook- If Jadeja had done the same thing to Anderson what would be Cook's statements?

Posted by bsksara on (July 17, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

To insist Dhoni wont play these cheap tactic to eliminate a player from rest of the series. Cook should be more diligent before making such a claim against a man like Dhoni. If Anderson is at fault, which i think he is, he should be punished. for the writer don't even think that Dhoni will buy in to these cheap tactics.

Posted by chechong0114 on (July 17, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

Alas something interesting in this series.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

@Guarav I think England's complaint against Jadeja is almost certainly a response to India's complaint against Anderson and the failure to resolve this behind closed doors. My belief is that the fault probably lies with both players, but because there is no video evidence there should be a fine of the match fee for both players and a warning that any further problems will lead to a ban. I think your warning for Cook to be careful with what he says is childish. It doesn't matter how many fans India have, a Captain is allowed to defend his players. Dhoni certainly didn't care about upsetting English fans. Your threat doesn't scare anyone.

Posted by Vetti_Payyan on (July 17, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

This is ridiculous, Captain cook: Is he trying to be aggressive to mask his own problems?

One things is for sure, Anderson may after all be innocent but how can you be so sure of he has not committed the mistake of pushing a player off the field?

When there is no video evidence, it is best to leave it to the judiciary to take a call on the matter.

You can support your player as a captain but how can you indicate that this is a malicious intention from the Indian team?

People are crying over Anderson being the best bowler, he shouldn't be banned! KP might be England's best batsmen ever, why don't they let him wear the England colour? Why was he shown the door?

It's the attitude of the player! Why Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, walsh, gower et al considered to be true ambassador's of the sport? Because they let their game speak for themselves!

If it is proven that Anderson made a mistake, he is got to ! Period!

Posted by jw76 on (July 17, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

This incident would almost certainly never have taken place if sledging on the field was banned. It only inflames hatred.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

If Jadeja was at fault why didn't ECB or England Cricketers went first to lodge a complaint against Jaddu? Why Only after India complained about Anderson.. Mr. Cook you should be careful you are not sure what you are saying mate. This could stir up lots of Indian fans by the way we have only 1.2billion of them.

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (July 17, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

The Indians should learn to stand up to nonsense instead of putting up with it as they have done all these decades. Saying no to nonsense and making sure the offending country understands this involves maturity. Keeping silent will only encourage bad behaviour on and off the field.

Posted by Nero28 on (July 17, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

I think both jadeja and ashwin bowled well in the matches where they went wicketless. But i think what missing is bowling in combination. I think both of them should be played like ganguly or kumble said. The condition is helping too , good enough to play two spinner. Binny can be rested. I think dhoni should experiment this

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

A lot of fans and no prizes for guessing of which team have spoken of lack of video evidence. Evidence should never be the prerequisite to report a wrong doing. Anderson knows what he did and what he didnt and you can bet he will be careful next time.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (July 17, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Dhoni usually keeps out of controversies. It is unlike Dhoni to insist on charges over Anderson when the management from both sides wanted to patch up and move on. He should've let the management to sort out these things and concentrated on cricket.

Posted by fsdb on (July 17, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

Let us leave the all the nationalistic and chauvinistic-breast beating and chest-thumping to one side. If Anderson struck him, whatever the verbal provocation, he should be banned. When John Snow barged into Sunil Gavaskar in 1971 (unintentionally IHO) he was banned for a test. So was Gambhir when he elbowed Shane Watson. This is away from the field of play and therefore in my opinion deserving of harsher punishment - players have no business physically mixing it off the field of play. Since when has "turning around in a threatening manner" been a justification for launching a blow knocking the other guy down? Pull the other one. There is a deeper issue which Chappell has pointed out administrators need to tackle - there is too much verbal aggression nowadays which the umpires need to control and hold the fielding captain responsible for.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

I think its okay whatever happened. Let's not ban the players..definitely not Anderson. It's going to spice up the test matches :) better viewership, better cricket! good for all. Banning him makes the situation worse.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

I agree with your sentiments....far more talented cricketers than JAdeja for sure...and a very ordinary international who has been favoured heavily by MSD....

Posted by SrinivasPachari on (July 17, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

"He has a fat IPL contract with Dhoni's team, and is managed by Dhoni's best friend and manager. Cricket players are a small world, they notice these things, and they are not known for liking Jadeja much. If Anderson is the habitual sledger, Jadeja is that annoying successful and rich man who not many believe should be." By these words what do you exactly mean? You are rich so keep quiet and take abuse? Plus how do u know that Jaddu is not liked Plus he is in the team because he can bowl and try to take wickets and on non-turning wickets, can contain the batsmen. His overall figures were 35 overs 80 runs on a surface that stunned everyone by being flat and can bat. Not because "is ironically not known for turning - he turns only the odd ball in a spell. He is ridiculed for having scored three first-class triple-centuries on flat pitches in India; he is not much of a batsman as we have seen. Yet India have insisted on him, and his bowling has shown merit enough to become a Test spinner.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

Sidharth Monga .. "Jadeja is that annoying successful and rich man who not many believe should be." - THis is a ridiculous statement. He has been a successful One day bowler and entered Test cricket with the backing of his triple centuries. Its has been the same flat track for everybody but still one has to make runs and have the mental skill to do that.

Posted by balajik1968 on (July 17, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

Cook has been making dangerous comments recently. His comments after the Buttler incident; his reaction to this controversy; it is just not right. India may lose this series; their cricket has not been great; but to accuse them of this degree of deviousness is downright insulting. Someone better tell him to watch his words. He could end up rubbing every other team the wrong way. If this is what Cook is, England should start looking at other options.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (July 17, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

dhoni shd keep quiet and concentrate on his bowling…

Posted by barryrichardsfan on (July 17, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

Annoyingly successfull?? The guy has come so far from a humble background which is not easy in Ind, averages 32 with bat and has taken 120 wickets in 100 odis. 36 wkts in 9 test matches. Besides, he has one of the strongest arms in world cricket and easily among top fielders in world. He is 25, and enough time for him to establish as test batsman. Shane Warne earmarked him as a rockstar, enough said.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

BellCurve: Really? Even former English players like Boycott and Australian Ian Chappell are advocating strict punishment for Anderson if he indeed touched Jadeja!

Posted by smudgeon on (July 17, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

My initial reaction to this was, unfortunately, to reflect on that test between Australia and India. Different circumstances, of course, but the first thing I see here (and this is in no way to diminish the incident itself) is two major cricketing powers trying to outmuscle the other...and I hope that side of things doesn't escalate. Having said that, it is really good to see Dhoni backing his player here and doing the right thing, and doing it with such confidence. ECB also in backing Anderson. Whatever the truth of this matter is - and it might be hard to fully determine as without any known video evidence, it's a matter of perspectives and opinions - that this sort of behaviour is abhorrent, and should be discouraged by whatever means necessary.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (July 17, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

I guess there is prelude to it. MSD is not a sort of bloke who will go out there throwing toys out of the pram. Jimmy has this nasty habit of going at the opposition batsmen often. I guess he might have said something nasty to MSD too along with Jadeja while on the field and MSD might have decided that there needs to be a line drawn on what is acceptable and what is not. Even Rahul Dravid is on record saying Anderson has sledged him. If you can sledge a character like Rahul then you dont need extra incentive to have a go at others. Also as usual Cook has come across looking quite stupid when he said it could be gamesmanship from Indian. Cook needs to have awareness of the situation and he has seen MSD calling Bell back on his teams skippers request in the past. Cooks statement certainly hasnt helped in improving the situation.

Posted by BellCurve on (July 17, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

What is on display here is a signficant difference between the two cultures. In England, a bit of shoving and posturing is not a big deal. In India it is. My view is that India should back off. They are in England. When in Rome...

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (July 17, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

Anderson has been overrated from some years and should be dropped. His bowling average of over 30 measured over a long period indicates he serviceable but that is all.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (July 17, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

I think Dhoni is trying to be Mathews here. Mathews bravely backed his players, especially Senanayake in the Mankading incident and was smart enough to counter-attack English players on the field.

Posted by GR8GAUR on (July 17, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

@billy Dwyer @landl 47: I hope you guys thought the same way about root-Warner incident which was way more highlighted than this one. such a trivial issue that was. huh???

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (July 17, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

How apt @draconian guy, 'ban sledging'? Why? Should the players play in silence? @landl47, good one, well said. Anderson has been in tiffs before, there's a pattern emerging.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

There is a line which has to be respected by all. Cricket is not a contact sport yet. Sledging and bullying is welcome. But abusive language and body contact is still not welcome.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

He is ridiculed for having scored three first-class triple-centuries on flat pitches in India, so scoring on Indian pitches is that easy, lets us consider foreign players performed in India from England (cook,pieterson) , Aus (clarke), SAF (amla,Abd,kalis), NZ (Mcullum) except these so many good players failed in India.ex David warner,watson,ricky pointing,sangakara,mahela,trot,bell,smith,ross taylor,chris gayle(in test) and most of them IPL in India still faced difficulty, just c David Warner who struggled recently in AUS 0-4 loss though he player 5years of IPL

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

We all know that Dhoni is a very cool guy, He never loses his cool on the field even with his own players let alone opposition players..Now, He has taken a stand against this. He's not a fool to just accuse Anderson of demeaning behaviour.. He's a world cup winning captain.. Cook's comments are like a child denied of using his fav bat to play with otherwise he won't do well.. India is afraid of nothing, India is an international team and they know everything abt how to play and they are certainly not afraid of Anderson..

Posted by pvwadekar on (July 17, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

Why is it that every cricket every summer in UK has some controversy. Let the officials decide what to do after the investigation is over. Meanwhile, get a pitch that is good for TEST cricket and not one that is going to last for 2 weeks.

Posted by krvij on (July 17, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

@landl47: "If Anderson did indeed shove Jadeja, of course he should be punished. It's the only way to protect those who cannot stand up for themselves from being bullied."

I agree with you, ask Joe Root who will vouch for that!!!

Posted by vaibhavsharma100 on (July 17, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

Posted by landl47 on (July 17, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

If Anderson did indeed shove Jadeja, of course he should be punished. It's the only way to protect those who cannot stand up for themselves from being bullied.

I'm sure all Indian fans would agree with that.

@Landl: What are you suggesting by standing up for oneself? Should Jadeja have pushed back Anderson and if needed given him 2-3 punches?

Posted by bobmartin on (July 17, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

What a load of nonsense this is.. We are talking about a game where a man can hurl a ball at a batsman at over 90mph with every intention of intimidating him.. and we worry about an innocuous "push" which could result in a four test ban..... I realise international cricketers are a pampered and cosetted breed these days.. but come on !!!! Let's get real.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

Dhoni is normally a reasonable guy! Remember the time he gave Bell a chance to bat again after he was run-out! If Dhoni is angry about the issue, then Anderson has crossed the line. There is a limit to everything. Anderson continued to sledge Jadeja till he reached the pavilion which was not needed. He will be punished according to the ICC rules and it's a good lesson for him in the future.

Posted by drinks.break on (July 17, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

Since we have no footage of the incident, everyone who's blasting Anderson or Jadeja here is just speculating. Both sides claim they have an independent witness who verifies their version of the events, so we can't fall back on, "we trust the word of the Indians" or "we trust the word of the English."

It's quite possible that when Jadeja turned around, Anderson deliberately stepped towards him and forcefully pushed him; it's also possible (and everyone has experienced this when walking quickly in a crowded area), that when Jadeja unexpectedly turned around, Anderson instinctively raised his hands to avoid a collision, and the momentum of the contact made Jadeja stumble backwards.

Since (as yet) we have no facts, we have no story. Move on and let the judiciary do its work.

Posted by Herath-UK on (July 17, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

Following what Mathews did standing firm on Butler Dhoni is taking a similar stance.England having to face two incidents one after the other soon.

Posted by TheGecko on (July 17, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

@landl47 I am sorry, but what you are insinuating here is insensitive and uncalled for. Cricket is not a contact sport to exhibit your manliness by taking blows and show what one's got. Being a victim is nothing to be ashamed of. But yes, I am in agreement with your first sentence though.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

Sounds like Jadeja didn't like being spoken down to and so got in Anderson's face. Anderson didn't like his personal space being invaded so pushed Jadeja away. The charge against Anderson is petty

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

It's simple really. IF Anderson has assaulted Jadeja, charge him with common assault. If he hasn't then get on with the game. This incident did not "bring the game into disrepute" -no one saw it and it would have stayed behind doors ! it was Dhoni's intransigence, not to accept an apology, that brought it to the public and in doing so brought the game into disrepute.

The question is "did Andeson make physical contact?" If so bring on the evidence. If not, accept the apology for "naughty words" and get on with the contest. The umpires are responsible for the on field behaviour. They should take a stonger stance against sledging and gamesmanship then perhaps incidents like this would not occur.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

We need to respect the decision of Dhoni since incidents of such nature should be curbed early. Speaking about the spirit of game, by forgiving Anderson for such offence will be foolishness but not good spirit. Recalling Bell in the other test where he was officially out shows what we are. I don't understand why players need to sledge

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 17, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

"At Trent Bridge, three years ago, he called back Ian Bell, who was well and fairly run out. In an ODI in Brisbane in 2011-12, they retracted a mankading appeal against Lahiru Thirimanne". That clearly shows how Indians like to play cricket.

Posted by csr11 on (July 17, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

Sid, just reproducing two sentences that seem to sum up the tone of your essay

"The two individuals involved here have a history of rubbing opponents the wrong way"

"If Anderson is the habitual sledger, Jadeja is that annoying successful and rich man who not many believe should be"

Pray someone explain the logic behind this - makes no sense to me.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

"If Anderson is the habitual sledger, Jadeja is that annoying successful and rich man who not many believe should be" .. Seriously ?? How is Jadeja's paypacket related to this incident?

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar performance was Match Saving one, two times 50+ and 5 wicket haul is far better than Anderson <5 wickets + 50plus score.

Between, England team don't know what to do if Anderson is gone. So they all want to save him.

Posted by cktspirit on (July 17, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

"This is like being blamed for coming to police when your house has been burgled", good one, Cook's comments were irresponsible compared to his claims of captains responsibilities.

Posted by Humdingers on (July 17, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

Surprising (and refreshing) to see Dhoni actually stand up and fight back for once - not quite in the mold of a Ganguly or Kumble but a good start. A defn change from his usual demeanor (i.e.: always trying to calm the Sreeshanths and Kohli's of Indian cricket). Good to see.

Posted by sri_arpit on (July 17, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

Drawing a long bow there with portraying Jadeja as someone who rubs the opponent the wrong way...He may be less than ideal with bat but he has taken heaps of wickets and is stunning on the field - nevertheless any of his cricketing skills have got anything to do with sledging of which Anderson seems to be a master of.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

Cricinfo brings the Big Three conversation in almost every article. I am not sure why? Ravindra jadeja and Anderson had a spat and the one who made the mistake deserved to be punished. As simple as that! Nothing more.

Posted by Cricpendulus on (July 17, 2014, 2:21 GMT)

"Jadeja, he who turned around suddenly, is ironically not known for turning - he turns only the odd ball in a spell. He is ridiculed for having scored three first-class triple-centuries on flat pitches in India; he is not much of a batsman as we have seen. Yet India have insisted on him, and his bowling has shown merit enough to become a Test spinner.

He has a fat IPL contract with Dhoni's team, and is managed by Dhoni's best friend and manager. Cricket players are a small world, they notice these things, and they are not known for liking Jadeja much. If Anderson is the habitual sledger, Jadeja is that annoying successful and rich man who not many believe should be."

Nothing ever can be more truer than this ...

Posted by landl47 on (July 17, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

If Anderson did indeed shove Jadeja, of course he should be punished. It's the only way to protect those who cannot stand up for themselves from being bullied.

I'm sure all Indian fans would agree with that.

Posted by TengaZool on (July 17, 2014, 1:27 GMT)

Well, let's just say that Anderson was trying to channel his inner Dennis and Javed...I mean Jadeja won't bite.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 1:23 GMT)

"The only positive to have come out of this is that two boards have left the cricketing issue to the cricketers, and have not pulled any punches. There have been some efforts to keep this down, but eventually the bosses have trusted the judgement of Dhoni and Cook in a cricketing matter that has the potential of souring their financial ties. One can always hope." Yeah, keep the focus on money.... that's why India's insistence on the 'Big Three' (which includes two average teams) and this attitude is so pervasive.... because apparently money is the be all and end all. Have you read a book? A poem? Listened to a philosopher's entreat? Heard the words of any song - popular or otherwise? Please wake up? Your words on how they will have only one friend if they fall out are true though....Because it alludes to the rest of us (many of us with better cricket teams) not liking India and England... and guess what? We don't. One thing is for sure, bad times are ahead.. and not for us.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

Wow. Sidharth Monga, You have a career in script writing. Predominantly English Films I guess, coz your audience may be there..

Posted by Sexysteven on (July 17, 2014, 0:40 GMT)

I'm sure jadeja wasn't innocent either but Cook and Anderson and the English media are just making it worst for themselves abetter response to this would only see Anderson miss one test which would freshen him up anyway but ow if he is found guilty he should be given the maximum penalty and miss two or three test

Posted by challagalla on (July 17, 2014, 0:19 GMT)

silly spat is all I can say. This should have remained in the dressing rooms and ended. what is dhoni or jadeja trying to achieve? these spats happen all the time and rarely are they taken to this level. strange that both incidents involve india. I would again suggest to dhoni to be the big man here and withdraw the complaint.

Posted by blackcapsfan3 on (July 16, 2014, 23:54 GMT)

yes anderson may have done this but what did jadeja do to anderson, anderson would not have just pushed him for no reason

Posted by wapuser on (July 16, 2014, 23:51 GMT)

Unlike past Lord pitch now good for batting. India have enough players to build big score to put pressure England. Still bowling advantage with English team. Who will win this match have massive advantage to get the series.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2014, 23:37 GMT)

sehwag called back therimanne not dhoni. dhoni was serving a ban that game

Posted by krishmar1 on (July 16, 2014, 23:36 GMT)

Witty sarcasm at its best! Way to go, Sidharth!

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (July 16, 2014, 22:55 GMT)

The tactics against the Sri Lankans ended in disaster. It is rich of Cook to now suggest that it was tactics by the Indians.

There has been physical contact and that has to be addressed and quite right of the Indians to go ahead. It is high time all nations stand their ground. To come to a compromise when there are serious issues at stake will be a cop out. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

Posted by amitgarg78 on (July 16, 2014, 22:20 GMT)

If jimmy is guilty of physical abuse, he should be handed a big fat penalty. It doesn't matter if there was any provocation, there is no place for this behaviour in cricket. It is not a contact sport. Period. He could use some rest, if only for his overworked bones. Indian teams of the past wouldn't have stood up against hostile, aggressive opposition. This group won't shy away from giving it back, at least verbally. So the potential for an overheated argument to turn ugly, will exist. More so with jimmy, who is known to be lippy on the field. For Cook to suggest gamesmanship is just idiotic. India are not known to use these tactics to unsettle opposition. But, they will stand by their man, as they should. I fear more dirty behaviour in the series ahead...

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 16, 2014, 22:09 GMT)

Sid's most insightful observation is this: "India are indignant in an enough-is-enough way."

Numerous observers said the same about Sri Lanka's reaction on their recent Eng tour. Accused of unsporting behavior for dismissing Buttler, described as a "county level attack," & seemingly the most galvanising, subjected to endless hours of Root's banter, SL were spurred on to new heights because they were "indignant in an enough-is-enough way."

On their last tour to SA, Kepler Wessels dismissed SL as no match for the Saffa A team. SL responded by thrashing the Proteas in their first win in SA. As they contest the return series, Wessels is thankfully, & unsurprisingly, conspicuous by his absence.

An "an enough-is-enough" response does not occur in a vacuum. Sir Isaac Newton, an English scientist, 1st gave proof that for every action there is an equal & opposite reaction. One would think the English might have learned that lesson by now!

Posted by Divinetouch on (July 16, 2014, 22:08 GMT)

Sidarth, your article was okay until "What we are getting from the two teams is inferences. Cook is saying this is India's way of eliminating England's best bowler, also the Man of the Match at Trent Bridge. There might be merit to this,"

I ask, what merit can there be in a laughable supposition as posited by Cook.

Posted by __PK on (July 16, 2014, 22:00 GMT)

"This is like being blamed for coming to police when your house has been burgled." No, this is like locking someone up in your shed because they said you didn't deserve to have such nice things in their house.

Posted by nottsfan on (July 16, 2014, 21:47 GMT)

Mankading? Please explain. Informative article otherwise.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

All a bit tedious this, just get on with the bat and ball stuff!

Posted by   on (July 16, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

There's been this incident, lots of things are not clear, Dhoni has made a stand, we all know Anderson's as well as Jadeja's history, let's see what happens. Instead of conveying the gist, why go to great lengths to leave a bad taste? We know BCCI are not saints, but this seems misplaced.

Posted by jayanthtn on (July 16, 2014, 21:15 GMT)

Excellent article. Given the little access to on-the-record facts we have, you lay out the background and the likely outcome quite well.

Posted by draconianguy on (July 16, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

It's simple enough: ban sledging. It's a vile stain on the game anyway, and it can only encourage off-field altercations like this one.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2014, 21:04 GMT)

For Cook to say India only took this complaint so far was to get Jimmy Anderson suspended ? is he having a laugh ? So this is the meaning of Spirit of Game for England and their Captain Cook ?. Cant believe such naive comment would be made by Cook, disgraceful is an understatement.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

Nice one Sid. Anderson is a genuine cricketer. The game deserves respect because of these kind of players. Just give him a chance to make India struggle in the series.

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