India in England 2014 August 7, 2014

Message sent is it's okay to abuse - Dravid

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Dravid: Some punishments needed to be handed out

Rahul Dravid, the former India captain, is concerned about the message sent out by the 'not guilty' verdict in the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja pushing case. While there have been calls for the matter to be put to rest, Dravid said abuse, evidence of which was in umpire Bruce Oxenford's report, had no place in the sport and that some reprimand had to be meted out.

"The message we've given out at the moment, the game has given out, is that it's okay to do this stuff [abuse], which I think is wrong. I think there needed to be some sort of action taken," Dravid told ESPNcricinfo. "Some punishments needed to be handed out.

"We all know from Bruce Oxenford's report what Jimmy [Anderson] has said, the words that he's used. That is on the report and no one is denying the fact that there was that kind of abuse and England is claiming that Jadeja turned and so we must bring that into the equation as well, but at the end of all of this, we have seen no punishments handed out."

The dispute had happened as players left for lunch during the second day of the Trent Bridge Test and has hung over the series since. India had charged Anderson with a Level 3 offence for pushing Jadeja but England had filed a Level 2 charge against Jadeja arguing that he had allegedly wheeled around aggressively prompting Anderson to act in self-defence. However, with no video evidence and with testimony from both sides being "hopelessly biased" judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis' decision had let both players off. India had pushed for an appeal, but the ICC has sealed the matter shut with their decision to not appeal.

Anderson might function better when he is riled up, Dravid said, but he might have forgotten when to stop. That escalation prompted Dravid to highlight the difference between sledging - which he said was acceptable - and a personal attack, which should be eradicated.

"He [Anderson] is someone who, and I think he's spoken about it that 'I need to get motivated by being aggressive'... But the problem is at times I think he has overstepped the line, he has gone over the mark. Whether it was in this case or not we will actually never know.

"You don't mind the odd sledging. People are getting confused about the difference between sledging and actual what is abuse here. And people have said 'oh lets move on' or 'lets walk away from this' but I think we can move on from sledging. We've been there, we've all played cricket games where you walk in and somebody uses the odd expletive when you get beaten and says 'any chance of you nicking one', you know ' your feet are stuck in cement' stuff like that. You could go on and on about stuff like that, I'm sure that's fine.

"But when you walk off the field abusing someone and making it personal, then I think that's the danger when you do cross that line and things can happen where you get physical. So you've got to be very careful when you cross that line, and sort of stay within what is acceptable behaviour."

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  • RohanMarkJay on August 10, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Very well Said Dravid. I agree 100 percent. I'm a big fan of Indian cricketers as they play the game or try to in the right spirit. Dravid is a great example of this. Anyway best of luck to Indian cricket team in their future matches. All the best.:)

  • espncricinfomobile on August 8, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    This is a perfect message from the gentlest of the cricketers.

  • dummy4fb on August 8, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    A right message sent out by gentleman Dravid to save the gentleman's game...

  • dummy4fb on August 8, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Great ....should respect Dravid (a true gentleman) views on how to play the 'gentleman's game'

  • handlingtheball on August 8, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    I think Dravid has a valid point but once again it just seems as though India are the only team that is hard done by. I've got no doubt what so ever every team sledges I remember Kohli & Ashwin being warned for "mouthing off" just like nearly every player has.

  • nmen on August 8, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Hush up for a change and concentrate on what you are supposed to do-that is help Indian batsmen perform better in England!

  • sunpune on August 8, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Completely agree with Dravid.

  • dummy4fb on August 8, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    I do not agree with the view that sledging is okay.So far all the shouting and talking is done by the fielders.Day is not far off when batsmen start shouting to the bowlers to bowl a wide . To extend it further,those in the pavilion from the batting side vociferously will heckle a particular bowler or fielder.It will no longer be a gentleman's game,unless cricketers realise they have to play only cricket,bat,bowl and field,and not utter a single word during the game.High time errant cricketers get redcarded

  • cktspirit on August 8, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Very sensible and thoughtful comments from Rahul as usual. Some of the cricketers turned administrators and ICC power mongers seemed to ignore the consequences of the verdict.

    I hope better sense prevails and the governing body chalks of stricter rules and regulation to make cricket a gentleman's game again.

  • dummy4fb on August 8, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    This was very eloquently put by Rahul, and I couldn't agree more.

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