India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore

Dhawan mocks injured Watson

Plays of the day from the seventh ODI between India and Australia in Bangalore

George Binoy

November 2, 2013

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George Bailey lets his frustration out on getting run-out, India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore, November 2, 2013
George Bailey gives vent to his emotions after being foolishly run out © BCCI
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The unsavoury moment
Shane Watson had gone off the field after bowling five overs because of a hamstring injury, and came out to bat at No. 8 instead of No. 3, when Australia were 138 for 6. Running between the wickets was a problem for him. Watson punched his first ball into the covers, where Dhawan fielded it, and then displayed an astonishing and disappointing lack of respect for an injured sportsman by hobbling exaggeratedly and mocking Watson. It was an ugly moment devoid of grace and an example of the sort of behaviour that needs to be stamped out of the game.

The coincidence
The only time Virat Kohli had been run out for a duck in ODIs - in Bulawayo in 2010 - Rohit Sharma* went on to make 114 in that game. Today, when Kohli drove a ball straight and set off for a run, Rohit first turned around to make his ground in case the bowler fielded it, then he set off for a single after the ball went towards mid-on, and then he decided it was too risky and turned back again. Kohli had kept running and by the time he stopped to sprint back to his crease, the throw had gone to the wicketkeeper who broke the stumps to run him out for a duck. It had been Kohli's call and he made sure Rohit knew that before he walked off. Rohit did better than go on to make a century this time. He made a double.

The brainfade
On commercial aircrafts, the safety instructions tell passengers to place oxygen masks on themselves first in case of low cabin pressure, before assisting the person next to them. George Bailey learned cricket's equivalent of that lesson at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He had played the ball to deep midwicket and returned for the second run as Yuvraj Singh threw to the bowler's end. Bailey, seeing that the throw was not to the end he was running to, turned around in the middle of the pitch to check if his partner Brad Haddin was okay. Incredibly, he even stopped running. Haddin was okay, because the throw to the bowler was a little wide, but Vinay Kumar collected and fired the ball to Dhoni, catching the onlooking Bailey by surprise and completely out of his crease. Bailey smashed his bat on the ground in anger as he stormed off the ground.

The helicopter
"It's the chinook, it's the blackhawk and it has come loaded with ammunition," said ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary for the fifth delivery off the 48th over of India's innings. James Faulkner had delivered a length ball, Dhoni got under it and with a whip-like whirl of his wrists he helicoptered it out of the Chinnaswamy, clearing the roof at long-on.

The contribution
When Clint McKay pushed his tenth delivery, off R Ashwin, through midwicket to get off the mark, it was the first run he had contributed to a ninth-wicket partnership that was already worth 58. Faulkner had blitzed most of the rest, on his way to scoring the fastest ODI century for Australia. When McKay was eventually dismissed in the 45th over, he had contributed 18 to a stand of 115.

*November 2, 7.30pm GMT Rohit Sharma was not the batsman involved when Kohli was run-out for a duck in Bulawayo. This article has been updated to reflect that

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Posted by vxttemp on (November 4, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

Oh. Give me a break. Who defined Mental disintegration?

Posted by Liquefierrrr on (November 4, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

And to those who, largely baselessly, bandy about the 'ugly aussies' tag - think on this:

Every time you bandy that about, it is used by you as a defence upon some pathetic behaviour by one of your own sportsmen.

So if they are 'stooping' to the same lows you, nor your players, get to use that as such antics are on par.

India, particularly their younger stars, are very arrogant. It is one thing to mix it up and give it back and forth, which India do in absolutely equal dosage with Australia.

What is not right is mocking an injured player. There is nothing funny or appealing about a player mocking another due to the fact they sustained an injury.

This is not excusable, sorry to correct you all on that, it will never be OK for anyone from any team to sledge an injured player, no matter who that player is or what their biased perceptions of them are.

This is simply a pathetic, inexcusable low-point for Indian cricket and is revelatory of their arrogance and poor sportsmanship. End

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

The Aussies have this habit of drawing a line for code of conduct when it is convenient to them. The same bunch of players will cross all limits of decency when the situation is favourable to them. Watson has always been aggressive but not quite a sportsman when he is at the receiving end. I am not sure if it is good for Dhawan to get distracted. He has hardly been in news for a year now and if he continues his ways he might well be forgotten soon if his form dips.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

Dear friends, Please remember all these ill behavior was started by Australia and Africa. Just go for Cricket history, Earlier they have started doing all unwanted things insulting players, starring the batsman after hitting a sixer or boundary, acting reckless manner which was an object to loose concentration. At that time Aussies have pleaded that it was part of the game, and the opponent should be more sober and should not loose concentration. Now when others follow the same tactic it was treated and bad attitude....... If such things should not happen in future ICC should frame new laws.

Posted by 4goodcric8 on (November 4, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

What's also dispiriting to me in George Binoy's article is the missed opportunity here to highlight the negative consequences of sledging. It was clear that the tasteless display by Dhawan was in response to the sledging by Watson (not just of Dhawan, but also needling of Kohli) - as pointed out by Sunil Gavaskar during the commentary. I commend Gavaskar for refusing to buy into the macho Aussie culture of "sledging on the field is ok as long we can have a beer together later". This attitude is a cultural construct that is not shared by most Indians - sledging to most Indians is reprehensible, as much as the display by Dhawan. So if Binoy wants to stamp out boorish behaviour on the field, I'd like to see him and other commentators question why sledging is not outlawed, and point out the negative consequences that sledging results in (the Dhawan incident being an example).

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

I hope they make the pitches so green fast and bouncy in Australia, sick of these flat tracks.

Posted by jokerbala on (November 4, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

for people saying you have to be sledge and be aggressive to win matches,do not look farther than the 80s WI team. I ask you if India had lost this series would you still have been on Shikhar's side? I doubt it .Just because you win it does not make everything all right.People would be saying things like you don't have the right to do something like that after loosing a match.So how is it okay when you do it after winning? Get some perspective guys.

Posted by big_quick on (November 4, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

The problem with world cricket at the moment is that the Indian's think they are bigger than the game

Posted by bobagorof on (November 4, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

@Hami19: Such as? I certainly don't believe that the Australian team are saints, and certainly they have overstepped the bounds of sportsmanship on several occasions (recently and in the past), but I don't recall them ever openly mocking an injured member of the opposition, in full view of a packed stadium of roaring fans. How is that remotely acceptable? It says more about the individual's character than it does about any current or past Australian player - and what it says is certainly not complimentary. Dhawan should hang his head in shame.

I'm extremely concerned about the recent tendency to think that holding your own means sinking to the level of those who you complained about for so many years. If you thought their behaviour was unacceptable, then why is it acceptable for you to sink to that level? Surely you should show the way by holding your own and doing so with grace and sportsmanship. That goes for all teams - play hard but fair and respect your opposition.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

Dhawan has no right to do that. Mocking an injured player is bad. Even he can get injured, I HOPE revenger gets served hot then. And Watson was the real sportsman, he actually came out to bat coz he was the last hope Aussies had. And Dhawan insulted him. Bad. Thats NOT cricket! Indian team is full of cheap players who have forgotten how gentlemanly this game is. Ye sledging is not good. Even Aussies have done it, in fact, they're famous for sledging the opposition team, BUT mocking an INJURED is not a part of sledging! Dhawan, learn some respect for your guests, and opposition player.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

dose of their own medicine! Dhawan was ridiculed when he got out in the 6th ODI. He was walking back after his 100 and Watson was the one who gave him the mouthful!. Though most of our memories are short; not Dhawan's. Well done; boy.. Take it and show the same class with the bat in every innings you play for India, your antics will be copied by others. Watson gets a special treatment from all opponents; not just from India; wherever he plays. That shows who gets it wrong all the time. Dhawan never showed this to any other players; because, he was respected and he respected them too. You have to earn your respect; not command respect, unless you are SRT or VR.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

I think that what dhawan did was not adhering to sportsmanship, but it was called for since watson was the one who started it. say someone like tendulkar or dravid would not have done anything of the such.

Posted by Nampally on (November 3, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

There was a mistake in my earlier input where I stated Rohit got 204 out of his 209 runs in 4's & 6's. It should read 144 out of his 209 runs in 4's & 6's. My apologies for the error.

Posted by kishantiwari on (November 3, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Here not many are understanding that Watson mocked/sledged Dhawan in 6th ODI after he got out. I found Dhawan was faking cramps.. as till that point of time until he got out by a careless shot (after making century), he wanted to seek sympathy by faking cramps and was limping. It was very evident on TV..

Now what Dhanwan did is complete unsportman like. He could have said a few words to Watson.. but not imitate a fellow sportman with cramps like that..

Even when he scored a century he was celebrating like a boxer.. guys like Dhawan, Bhajji (imitating Gayle in a bad taste) are unwatchable...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

It makes me wonder, if cricket still is a gentlemens' game. Such kinda attitude shouldn't be encouraged by the spectators. Learn what Dravid, Sachin taught to us. Repay those who sledged with your batting performance, not with your street show

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

I must say some of the Indian players attitude was disappointing yesterday. They have no right to behave that way.

Posted by Hami19 on (November 3, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

It was nothing as compared to what Aussies have been dishing out for the last three decades. Aussies deserve it. well done Dhawan.

Posted by NP_NY on (November 3, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

I wouldn't want Dhawan to do what he did to Bailey or Cook or AB Devilliers or Younis Khan or Jayawardane. To Watson, I say go ahead and give it back in kind. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for Watson the cricketer. But for all his sledging, he deserves what he gets. I am also certain that Watson had instigated it when Dhawan limped off the field in the previous game. So deal with it!

Posted by testcricket_lover on (November 3, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

I really lost my respect for dhawan. I am not against sledging and we all know that aussies r no saints but mocking an injured person is really bad.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Viv Richards never mocked anyone .. and anybody who mocked him ran the risk of getting hammered out of the ground. Just saying. Dhawan (and Watson), please keep it classy. Retaliate with deeds, not words and mockery.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

brace yourself AUS.... you will get what you deserved to get...... if u cant take it.... u should not think of giving it.... go dhaawan \m/

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

nothing wrong with what dhawan did..... there is something called TASTING YOUR OWN MEDICINE... thats exactly what any member of aus team deserved..... remember that match where dhawan was out on 100 and how aus sent him off?? remember when dhawan what hit by watson's bowling on the stomach and watto made a laughing stock out of that.... and even after thaat incident watson was mocking jadeja and jadeja hit back with picking his wicket.... anybody remember AUS's behaviour in test series????

come on fellow indians, gone are the days of gentelmen in dravid sachin and laxman.... this is called evolution.... you expect young indians to just watch and let go anyone who mocks them.... thats absolutely against youth.....

problem with indian fans is.... we expect our players to behave, but we just accept oppositions behaviour.... grow up guys.....

for me..... this was as normal as what AUS used to do in 2000s and 90s..... i am with this.....

Posted by bigwonder on (November 3, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

I am proud of what Dhawan did, Watto has been one of the worst sledgers of the Aussie team and he need to be reminded of what it feels like when he does it to others. To Australian fans, deal with it as you know action and reaction is equal and opposite, To opposing Indian fans, grow some spine, cricket has never been a gentleman's game but just another international sport. Fans like you was the reason India was timid in 80s and 90s. We need aggressive team players who can respond back and show the opposition that we have the gusts to stand up to the sledging. We need more players like Dhawan to show the opposition that sledging is a two way street. Go Shikar!!!

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 3, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

Watson got what he deserved. If he cant take it he should not give it.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (November 3, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

But no one likes Watson.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Dhawan's reaction is a disgrace to Indian cricket. It is not alright to make mockery of someone's injury in any situation, and no it is not a justification that Watson is no saint himself. Dhawan must be punished by the board for this. I was a fan of Dhawan before this, but now I have changed my opinion about him.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

To all those who are livid at Dhawans gesture, it was just a payback. Dhawan earned more respect from me cuz he not only made a mockery of watto but also of aussie bowling with bat. Beat arrogance with arrogance without any mercy. Learnt from aussie and showed at aussie. Full credits to dhawan. It all started cuz watta dint keep his mouth shut all thru the tournament in my view.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 3, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Watson started it and he got it in reply from Indian players...Australians must think twice before insulting others. I still remember Mcgrath - Chanderpaul issue where Mcgrath started it and when chanderpaul replyed in the same manner, he lost cool.

Posted by nareshgb1 on (November 3, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

hah....so Watto laughed when Dhawan was hit and he almost blew up his head when he was mocked...is that it? What's the big deal? And whats all this " tasteless talk" as to what Dhawan did? I mean since when did Aussies and "proper tasting behaviour" start mixing? Every time I see complaints about someone misbehaving with the Aussies, I just dont get the point of it ( no, not even "political correctness".)

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Watson and australia are far from innocent and sledging has always been a part of their game. But dhawan went too far yesterday. Aggression is a part of cricket, sport and battle and sledging becomes a way of letting that frustration and anger out. However mocking someone when they are in pain, when they are suffering from injury, when they have been beaten down and are all but lost is too much. The sins of the past should not be carried by the present just because of what australia has done in the past is no excuse to lower yourself to that level. I have utmost respect for dhoni, dravid and tendulkar( albeit grudgingly at times) as they never took their aggressiveness and confidence too far. Lets hope that Indian cricket does not lower itself further as it loses what little respect its fans and opposition have for it.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

What Dhawan did was absolutely correct period. He just did tit for tat, Watson started it and Dhawan finished it. I like this new attitude of Indian team, no offence to greats like Kumble, Tendulkar and Dravid these guys were timid but new boys meet fire with fire and that is how it should be. Nobody should take garbage from anybody

Posted by KEVIN_DRAVID on (November 3, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Has any one seen Nagpur odi? When Dhawan got out after completing his 100 he started to go back to pavilion by limping due to cramps. This when this ugly Watson , came in his way and needled him . That is why Dhawan done that. Tit for tat. nothing else. What goes around comes around.

Posted by jokerbala on (November 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

not proud of what dhawan did there.The Teams need to know that they are representing a country and such displays will never go down with cricket watching public even when you end up winning the game.I Felt Ravindra jadeja sending off watson was a bit excessive too.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 3, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Guys, let me understand this - you guys say that it's distasteful if you mock an injured player. Yet, one player gets to mock, laugh and talk-up a batsmen who takes a blow flush in the stomach not just during the course of play but during your own bowling. And yet that batsmen shouldn't mock back at that bowler when the former gets a chance? Seriously? What, are we living under some monarchy, the world of entitlement? Is this a free world, devoid of prejudice or are we still living in those medieval times? BTW, I'm no Watson basher. I'm his huge fan for his fantastic services to the RR team.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (November 3, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Credit to Indian fans who are passionate about their team yet realise this shameful act of bad sportsmanship.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Watson is no saint first of all he got a taste of their medicine. Having said that, Dhawan's act was filthy.

Posted by Catchme99 on (November 3, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Even i am also a big Fan of Rahul Dravid-Sachin, Laxman, Dhoni. But at the same time i am also enjoying and appreciating the efforts put in by these youngsters (Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan, Jadeja). It shows that these players are ready to absorb the pressure of international cricket. Indian Cricket is going by generation to Generation. Earlier when we were humble & soft spoken then the same people were saying that there is no aggression in indian cricket and every now and then they break down under pressure. Then one man who stood against all these odd ... Our very own DADA (Sourav Ganguly) and he has changed the mindset of all indian players.

Posted by ooper_cut on (November 3, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

As much as everyone says dhawan's actions cannot be condoned, I think Watson deserved what he got, especially since he was the really chirpy one at slips and never missing a chance to play dirty when all the while he was the delicate darling in the field. If he is as strong as his jibes at good and fit cricketers are, he cannot be going off the field like this often. They will get back at him at his weakness. It wasn't as if he was hit by a ball and got injured, he is just unfit to play a game and that is something to chirp about by the opposition.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

I am not saying What Dhawan did was correct, But it was started by Watson, please dont comment without watching full match. It was like one on one for Dhawan.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 3, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Steyn will tame Dhawan's arrogance. Can't wait to watch.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

The Aussie's are the worst at mocking and sledging. All the teams share this opinion. You must be able to take if you wish to dish it out. Shane Watson is no angel on the pitch!

Posted by scoobie on (November 3, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Disappointing to see the terrible arrogance of Indian upper class starting to appear on the field, it is also disappointing to hear and read about this so called Indian batting being the best in world. Don't get me wrong this current Indian batting line up is pretty awesome in India. But to be even considered the best in the world you need to perform in other countries. It was shown in this series against Australia a bowling line up that if the ball is coming quick or swinging they are pretty ordinary. As an australian fan I know Australia sledge the opposition, but I know they only go to a certain line. India crossed that line in this game. Hopefully they can recover the respect of the cricketing world.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

mocking abusing opponent in the filed is also comes in a game plan but the act of Dahwan was pathetic mocking some one his physical disability shows the low level of a player I am Big Fan of Rahul Dravid-Sachin & Now Dhoni, Indian players must learn from these Legends

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Oz need to be paid back with thier own coin. Why shay away when it is your turn.

Posted by Catchme99 on (November 3, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Everything is fare when Game is a War. Same Aggression shown by Aussies when they are dominating the world of Cricket everybody says that this is in their nature thats why they are so successful. Sledging, Passing comments, provoking etc.. its all started with Australian cricket. Its a cycle and now they are at receiving end. So whatever Dhawan has done its just the reflection from past what he has seen in his childhood.

Posted by kawasakiguru on (November 3, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

The so called cricket pundits start preaching on-field behaviour when an Indian player is involved. Australians invented all that is unsavoury on the pitch which is termed 'mind games'. Watson got cheeky after Dhawan was hit on the stomach, and should have the stomach to take what Dhawan had to offer. To start saying that it is bad behaviour because Watson may miss the Ashes has nothing to do with this incident. When Aussies get a pummelling on the pitch they behave like the world is being unjust and rude. Sorry... take what you give.

Posted by BazBaldcock on (November 3, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Watson often behaves like a petulant clown. Still, Dhawan's response was childish and inappropriate. I consider the current Australian and Indian teams to be similar in many respects. Both teams are in transition after losing many great players. Both teams contain players of moderate talent but with a few exceptions none of them have any sustained record of success. And both are prone to acting like prima donnas.

Posted by cricketsubh on (November 3, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

dhawan need to control his aggressive nature yes he is doing well but donot show in the field by acting or mocking. in this plat pitches you donot need talent if u half decent batsmen u should do very well .

Posted by John.cric.lover on (November 3, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

See, no one is saying that Watson is a saint. But you need to take things into perspective... When Dhawan missed the short ball from Watson and got hit in the stomach, Watson laughed, but it was a mini victory for the bowler there, and it wasn't as if Dhawan was really injured there.... But yes, I agree Watson shudnt hav laughed... But still, Shikhar mocking Watson by imitating him hobbling wen he has an injury that cud take him out of the Ashes, was uncalled for....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Dhawan's actions cannot be justified by any means. That's not class.

Having said that, Sachin, Dravid were like ice but the current Indian team is like fire, and when a fire starts destroying things it only makes more sense to look for who lighted it and not just count what got burnt. Ozs are famous for sledging and we have received it for long but now we also give back. I admit, as a beginner, we need more refined practice on this because people have standardized sledging. Some things have become acceptable and others not.

It is true that an eye for an eye leaves both blind but without that it leaves only me blind.

Anybody suing Dhawan is only encouraging people like Watson. Watto did something and he got something back in return, straight and simple. Who did how much is irrelevant bcoz sledging cannot be standardized and one trying to do so is the biggest culprit.

I am sure Dhawan would apologize for what he have done, if not already.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Very disappointing with the attitude of the new Indian team, after all they respect sachin and dravid and they want to emulate them, certainly this is not the way to do it. An injured player already shattered because he wont be able to play in Ashes if the injury doesn't subside mocked by Dhawan just because he received sledging from Watto, not done, I understand Watson is hot headed but never did he do anything really hurting and an eye for an eye is not justified and this was more than en eye- what dhawan did.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Indian team is the most disrespectful team in Cricket. Dhoni is the only decent guy in the team may be he should teach his team-mates some decency too.

Posted by SamRoy on (November 3, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Really bad taste especially from Dhawan and Raina. Shouldn't mock an injured player. Both of those guys have missed matches due to injuries, how do they forget that???? Staying humble isn't important, mocking injured players shows your bad character. Seriously lacking in human spirit. Did anyone mock Dhawan when he broke his finger in his first test????

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Dhoni's comment about people making too much about Indian bowling was absolutely spot on. He goes onto subtly remark that no one talks about Australia's bowling attack which took a proper beating with 350 plus runs conceded on three separate occasions. Brilliant comments captain!

Posted by Venkat-Viswanathan on (November 3, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

I am a watson fan but i think he got what he deserved - it might look unfair - but he first crossed the line first mocking at Dhawan while getting hit and also said something like Howz that....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

Dhawan gave what he recd from Watson, what both did is wrong. During 80s and 90s school subjects will have moral science as one of the subjects a student has to secure atleast 60% in that subject, eventhough he might have scored 90% in all subjects if he hasn`t scored 60% he will be failed in that exam. It is taught that one should not laugh or even smile if one slips down or injured. But nowadays it is not taught. I have seen even commentators and players laugh when a player is hit. This attitude has to change among all people.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

George Binoy your wrong....What Dhawan did was quite right...Watson deserved...If any watched the match they would have seen that Watson had a nice laugh after bowling a bouncer into Dhawan's stomach region....There is a thing call reciprocity and that's exactly what Dhawan did... So dont go accusing him...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

IPL 2013: Watson gets a send-off from a bowler, complains & blows it out of proportion.

India v Australia Match#6: Watson gives a send-off to an injured Shikhar Dhawan when he was limping slowly from the pitch. No complains.

India v Australia Match#7: - Watson's delivery hits Shikhar, he mocks him by laughing & speaks ill, Shikhar shrugs it off. - Watson himself gets mocked by Shikhar, complains & is blown out of proportion.

Conclusion - He himself gives a dismissed (that too an injured) player a send off, Laughs at a batsman hit on the body, sledges. Nothing made out of those incidents. He gets one sent off & one mock, whole world reacts as if he was murdered on the field. At best, Shikhar evened out things with him and he should take it the same way he dishes it out.

BTW, Amazing knock from Rohit & amazing series from himself , Virat & Baily. congrats

Posted by CapnHem on (November 3, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Not sure how many of guys watched the full match but when Dhawan was batting and Watson bowled a short ball it hit him full on his mid stomach region. Dhawan was clearly in pain and Watson had a good chuckle at this. Clearly Watson was more amused than concerned about causing injury to the batsman. Although I don't condone mocking someone who is injured, in this instance Watson should understand why Dhawan mocked him even if the media doesn't.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

@sheub. actually, India's overseas record improved dramatically thanks to Sachin and Dravid (along with Laxman, Sehwag and Ganguly). In the early 1990s, India were justly called tigers at home, lambs abroad. All that changed in the late 1990s and early noughties. India won its first series in Pakistan, won Tests in Australia and South Africa, won a series 1-0 in England. Dravid's 233 and 72 in Adelaide was probably the greatest performance overseas by an Indian batsman -- and India won that Test. Even when India was blanked 0-4 by England, Dravid hit 3 centuries. It's unfair to judge players simply by their last series and ignore all the good work that preceded it

Posted by John.cric.lover on (November 3, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

Well said, Jason Rawling.... Im an Indian, but what Shikhar did was unacceptable...I agree Dhoni, is the most successful captain, but he needs to control ppl like kohli and shikhar.... Makin fun of a batsman who,s injured but still walks out to bat for his team is unacceptable, (actually some respect shud hav been shown)... Dhoni, to became a great captain, shud control youngsters like kohli and shikhar, who are showing the bad side of being aggressive...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

Watson can be a shocker.... but smiling because he beat (and hit) the batsman when he is bowling is not one of his many shockers - that is called bowling. That said, there were probably plenty of other issues - there usually is with Watson who has a problem keeping his mouth shut.

BUT! This attitude that any thing is acceptable by the Indian players because they are either just being young and aggressive, or are responding to the terrible taunts of the opposition - it just destroys the reputation of the an otherwise strong Indian team.

Kohli and Dhawan are showing all the signs of thinking they are above the game - and we have already seen where that leads..... just as Sreesanth.

The team managers need to pull these guys in.. for their own sake.

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 3, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

@Shueb Tell that to opposition and not to Indians. Tendulkar and Dravid remained grounded and so was India's overseas record when those two played. Judge players only by performance and not by how humble they look. Boss, first make India win overseas and then be humble. What's the point of dravid and sachin humble when they couldn't save India from -0 whitewash. Youngsters are on right track. Also Aussies weren't humble when they were winning for 20 years and it didn't affect their game.

Posted by Shueb on (November 3, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

These guys should not take success to head, that was the only secret mantra of longevity for players like Sacchin & Dravid... they always remained grounded

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

An eye for an eye leaves both people blind. This behavior cannot be extolled or justified. It is deeply saddening and disheartening for a fan.

Posted by smgarge on (November 3, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

My respect for Shikhar Dhawan has gone up! Well done, Shikhar, I am proud of you. You gave that arrogant watto what he deserved after he sledged you in Jaipur. These aussies can never take a defeat well!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

Why single out Dhawan ? Did the author not see what Watson did when Dhawan took one on the body ? Did you also not think Watson purposely blocked Jadeja from fielding the ball before he got out ? I think self righteous comments should be directed both ways

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

passion is great. but compassion for even ur opponent s d greatest virtue. with such a big cultural background, we Indians r expected to carry that legacy.

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (November 3, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Aus cricketers have been world famous doing disgraceful acts, so this act was nothing compare to all those acts. After-all, they got their match.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 3, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

Watson got what he deserved. He cannot blame others for it.

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 3, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

@veruthe - perfect comment.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

congratulations... happy to see Rohit playing up to his potential but not happy as an Indian and as an Disabled the way Indians werer sledging Shane Watson

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 3, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

For all those lecturing on here as to how disgraceful, distasteful and whatnot Dhawan was, at least try to know what has happened when Dhawan was batting. Here it is: Over 9.3: Watson to Dhawan, no run, he bowls this short one on the body and Dhawan wanted to play the pull, but it doesn't bounce as much as he thought it would and he gets a punch on the belly..

Now go watch the footage of that ball and see what Watson did to Dhawan after that delivery. Please keep your adjectives and expletives about Dhawan to yourselves and spare us from your ignorance. Dhawan didn't make a fuss when he was mocked by Watson. He just paid back with simple and compound interest. Both their actions were poor. But these guys apologizing to Watson need to get real. Now, don't tell me that we still have to spare the guy who mocks at my injury. Come off your moral high-horses, for once. I'm a huge RR fan and so a huge Watson fan, by extension. Watson was poor and he deserved it from Dhawan.

Posted by krisajay on (November 3, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

@Bill Pollock: I dont agree to your comment that Dhoni favoured Dhawan for what he did. Infact if someone had noticed, Dhoni replaced Dhawan with another fielder at Mid-On and asked Dhawan to go the boundary. Even though Dhoni did not give a rap to the knuckles for Dhawan, he acted as a captain of a team who have faced a lot of sledging.

Posted by sandeep33 on (November 3, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

dont ever mess with indian team,,its not us who strtd all,,so no regrets,,

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

Is India the old Australia?

Posted by srikanths on (November 3, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

George Binoy, I recall that Watson also did something similar when Dhawan hobbled off when he got out in the earlier match. Just a few balls earlier, Dhawan almost tripped trying to keep out a yorker. While what Dhwan did was in bad taste, let us also be clear that Watson is no paragon of Virtue.

Posted by Happy_hamster on (November 3, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Cprerit Dmahta on (November 3, 2013, 5:05 GMT) India are not the T20 champions and Trevor Furtado on (November 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT) I am not sure how you can refer to "Walsh Ambrose Akram Aktar ...and the rest of the white world" I would suggest you get your glasses tested. The new India players are good on these roads and were also good in the CT,no doubt, but an obnoxious undertone, in a non contact sport, is evident in nasty little weeds like Kohli and Dhawan. Dhoni should take charge of his team lest India's reputation as bad sports be further reinforced.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

After-all everyone knows who the bad guy is.

Posted by ssenthil on (November 3, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

It was a perfect reply from Dhawan giving Watson a taste of his own medicine. Well done Dhawan. But this Aussies will NEVER EVER learn.

Posted by kishantiwari on (November 3, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

It was really disgusting behaviour from Shikhar Dhawan. He has brought bad name to India.. he was on the edge of nonsense when performing nonsense histrionics in last few matches.. (even James Faulkner can score a century, what is the big deal). He will be found out big time when he travels to England, SA, Australia.. just wait and watch...

Posted by rashivkd on (November 3, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

I am not defending Dhawan, but there is no point to say, as a future captain Kohli should behave like Sachin or Dravid. There is a day light difference in these two generation, and this is the way Indian new generation thinks. They don't hold back their emotions. And at some extend, this kind of behavior brings their best out. I remember one pull shot he played against Watto in that fastest hundred, and his expressions seemed like he slapped on the face.

But, an injured player should be respected and the way Dhawan behaved is surely a lack of respect. May be there are several reason behind that, but that is not the way to behave.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

Guys U Need To Give Credit To Ganguly ..... By Far D Most Aggressive Indian Captain And My Favorite Before Dhoni Came Into The Scene ... He Really Taught The Indians To Fight Fire With Fire And My God Haven't The Young Brigade Learnt Well .... We Indian Esp Sachin Took A Lot Of Sledging From The Likes Of Mcgrath Hughes Walsh Ambrose Akram Aktar Donald And The Rest Of The White World .... Its High Time We Gave Back ... And These Guys Are Letting Their Bats And Mouths Do The Talking .... Which Leaves The Indian Cricket In Good Hands

Posted by Rocky_Team on (November 3, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

Does anyone know what was commented by Aussies when Dhawan was limping on 98 in the previous game and could not run? Its never one way street..especially with Aussies..and sometimes I feel ESPN commentators are always more harsh for Indian players than Aussies.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

Oh please 1 of all Shane Watson is not that fair player ... How people thought that about Indian Cricket player... Sledging was going on by Aussies from 1st 2 4th oneday... Still indian player didnt rpld nythng.... They saved their best for last whn they won they did... People were blind in 4th odi ehn faulknr sledgd shikhar... Yaar Common... India nvr did those sldg 2 either kenya or to zimbw

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

Guys, Meghal is absolutely right. Dhawan was just responding to how haddin and watson were giving him a send off when he was limping off the field after he had smashed the aussie bowlers and scored a 100 in the last match. Watson started it and when dhawan gave it back to him, he couldnt't take it!! Typically Australian!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

This is young team India. It has players like Dhoni and R Sharma who can't be unfocused by any kind of sledging and it also has players like Dhavan, Kohli and jadeja who hit back hard with double sledging. All in all they are The World Champions, World T 20 Champions and One day's no. 1 cricket team....What more any team can want???

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

The difference was that Watson sledged Dhawan after he was hit by the ball, a momentary piece of discomfort and that was it. Dhawan was mocking Watson's injury which will keep him out of some of the Ashes tests. very poor from both Dhawan and Dhoni for condoning it.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

We can be the world best and still be feared, did the WI team(s) of the yore do such cheap stuff.. I think the game is paramount and dont think we need to indulge in cheap antics to prove a point...let the ball and bat do the talking please.....

Virat Kohli, Dhawan and company, is this what you want the youngsters watching the game to learn????

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (November 3, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

India's Generation Y cricketers take ABSOLUTELY NO NONSENSE from ANYONE. Watson would do well to remember that the next time he decides to mock an injured opponent as he had previously done with a limping Shikhar Dhawan.

Gone are the days of Indians being charming pushovers on the cricket field......

Don't concede an inch and expect no quarter is the new age mantra for the Men in Blue.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

Some mocks are not visible on tv screen ...... this was started by watson 2 matches ago ..... I have never seen dhawan sledging a player and i m sure something over the line was said by watson ..... then watto did it again in last match when dhawan was injured ..... and in this match the stupid grin when dhawan was stuck on the stomach. I hate the sad mock by dhawan but these things do go ugly so watson should refrain from starting if he cant handle to take it back . Now go lose the ashes.Again.In your home.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 3, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

@Reececonrad, what Dhawan had with Watson in this match wasn't just a petty difference. Watson mocked Dhawan when Dhawan was in pain. Watson must now understand that he should have shown compassion and all of that to Dhawan instead of mocking Dhawan when Dhawan was in pain.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

oops.. i thought Watson started it by mocking Dhawan after hitting him with a bouncer? the thing is that Watson is a typical Aussie - good at giving, but very very very poor at taking

Posted by captaincool79 on (November 3, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

If the story of Dhawan mocking Watson is true, it is disappointing to say the least. I can understand that a little bit of gamesmanship is fine but thought this act pushed it a bit too much beyond the limit. What was also disappointing was Virat Kohli getting himself involved into verbal spats. He is a wonderful cricketing talent and probably future captain for India. Let us hope he gets some help from Dhoni and channelizes his aggression to help India win more games. He just needs to look around and see how wonderfully well Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman conducted themselves on and off their field during their playing days and have such a great image in world cricket. It is not about what you say but more of what you "do" on the cricket field that counts.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 3, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

So, is it ok for Watson to laugh at Dhawan when Dhawan was in pain? I'm RR fan and a huge fan of Watson, by extension. Both of them were ugly in doing what they did. You can't castigate one and let the other go scot-free.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

Hang on, guys, before you decide to play judge. Shikhar Dhawan's hammy mock to Watson was not just a random act of distasteful sledging. It was in response to the send-off Watson gave him in Nagpur when Shikhar limped off the field after scoring an hundred. The hammy mock was started by Watson. The Aussies need to learn to take it back in the same manner they dish it out.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

What shikhar done is a fight back, he had listened plenty from haddin and watson while batting and he gave it back mocking. This is not that team anymore which takes everything in a peasant manner and doesn't give u back, this is young INDIA and u expect more to be coming if u give them more......

Posted by DSPT on (November 3, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

Firstly if someone had of mocked Dhoni or Sachin in this situation I am sure we would be getting a different reaction, in my opinion not in the spirit of the game from Dhawan. Secondly bowlers should be allowed to give out a bit of mouth especially on these pitches. No difference from the carry on that Ravindra Jadeja brings every match an no onese says anything about that. And if Dhawan doesn't want to get a bit of stick when he got hit, then hit the ball. Similar to Harbajan in his prime, passion getting confused with petulance from the Indians once again. Credit must go to Dhoni though he did his best to calm his team mates down when things were getting overboard. India needs more people like Dhoni in the game to win respect back for the Indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

I am still confused on why people keep on talking about pitch and crkt laws unless and until it is same for both teams. And why nobody is blaming bailey and Aus team management when they are in such a cruicial series decider match and sent their most experienced and successful bowler back to Australia for giving a Presentation?????? Why Australian cricket dont have the facility for a video conference???or they only care about playing in a so called self hyped Ashes???

Posted by ramli on (November 3, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

This young brigade from India gives it back then and there unlike in the past ... Watson mocked at Dhawan's discomfiture (captured on camera for TV audience to see) ... Dhawan mocked at Watson for even spectators in stadium to see ... that is all friends ...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

Really.... Watson started it because he smiled when he was bowling.......... talk about head in the sand!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

People are just afraid of the young and consistance team India's performance. I am with Dhawan. He has given that ugly Watson his own test of sledging. High five for dhawan...go team India... There is way more to do...

Posted by cnksnk on (November 3, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

For all the sledging that the Aussies do, imitating an injured player is in very poor taste. In real life do we want to imitate a person who is visibly or hearing challenged. One can play the game hard without this kind of behavior. While the old legends were in a class of their own, some of the Indian players need to look no further than their Captain for a master class of playing hard but without any sledging or malice. Talent is not the only thing and the players who represent India are roll models for kids. Surely Dhawan and Kholi can do better.... Sad what sports in becoming...

Posted by martin000 on (November 3, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

it was watson who started it all. when dhawan was batting, he got hit in his abdomen of watson's bowling and watson was making fun of him. So he jus got the taste of his own medicine.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (November 3, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

I can't believe people are making a big deal out of Dhawan mocking Watson. It seemed like nothing but good, light-hearted fun. Come on guys, where's your sense of humor?

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

I am taking it positively. This is the young & energetic team India who will give ugly players like Watson their own test of sledging. The people outside India are just jealous of young team India's fabulous and consistance performance in all types of cricket. But they have no choice because their teams can't do anything against the young team India but losing all the time. High five to Dhawan...go team India...

Posted by vishbhndri on (November 3, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

I think mockn injured player isn't considered as a part of sledging..whatever IT may b..bt was really a coward act...shame on dhawan n co......

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

How is this even cricket anymore? Who would want to be a bowler? "Roads" for pitches, rules that help batsman and all you get is inflated averages for average batsman.

If this si the way cricket is going....to entertain the simple minded folk rather than the people who genuinely love the game...then I'm sticking to soccer/football.

Posted by sheenu on (November 3, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

That behaviour was UNCALLED for. As an Indian fan, I enjoy watching Dhawan bat, but mocking an injured player in the opposing team is just plain DISGUSTING. I hope someone in the Indian team thinktank gives Dhawan a good pep talk. All these players don't need to look too far on exemplary behaviour. They just have to see how Sachi, Dravid, Kumble, VVS conducted themselves on and off the field, and try to learn from their work and behaviour ethics.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

In a word, boring. Can't wait for the test series to start and can forget this pretend cricket.

Posted by Aspraso on (November 3, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

Why doesn't the writer recall the smug smile of Watson's face when he hit Dhawan on the stomach while bowling to him. Watson was enjoying that moment whilst Dhawan was grimacing.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

@SHAHILLLL Absolutely Correct...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

why this hue and cry about dhawan's behavior.....in the last match Watson was mocking and saying things to dhawan when he was limping before he got out, now when it happened to Watson he was such a cry baby....get over it....u get what u dish out.

Posted by roundrockcricket on (November 3, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

i am a big indian fan and was not happy to see dhawan mocking watson when he was injured,but guys did anyone noticed when dhawan was hit on ribs by whatson when bowling and he few words for dhawan with big grin on his face,i am pretty sure thats what ignited the mocking,not to forget whatson is no SAINT.

Posted by nicks_28785 on (November 3, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

Although I am completely against such unprofessional behavior, I am not as narrow minded and I dont have memory loss problems. I quite remember Watson's behavior in previous matches and how he kept sledging. He is no gentleman of the game. Whatever he got was his own making and he deserves it completely. He is the last person to behave like a gentleman with opposition players so only fair he doesnt get gentleman behavior in return..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

India is becoming the new Australia of World Cricket. If they decide to sledge, they better start doing better in that , cos the OZ's are not gona take that lightly. Wish they play with the same attitude in SA and win the Test Matches.

Keep the fire goin...!!!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

for some reason watson seems to get a lot of attention from the opposition players pollard in ipl & now dhawan &even his own team especially clarke

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 3:00 GMT)

All Dhawan;s behavior does is reflect how ugly Indian crowds have become. No longer is good cricket appreciated in India just home team wins and good or great Indian performances. Opposing team performances only get silence or heckles

Posted by Chris_Howard on (November 3, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

We Aussies are meant to be the ones with the easy going reputation.

What's wrong with cricket when we can't have a laugh anymore? Watto takes the game way too seriously. We need more like Dhawan who can take the mickey out of the opposition in a lighthearted way. Sadly, this has been beat way out of proportion.

Just goes to show how much stress is in the Aussie dressing room nowadays. Lighten up Watto. You couldn't even smile when you bowled that outrageous full toss at Katich a few weeks ago. Try enjoying your cricket.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

This was the final match of the series. Australians are more famous for sledging than India. Whatever happens inside the field should not be taken so seriously and is part of competitive cricket. Else rules should be strict enough for all that each one of the cricketer will refrain from the sledging. I don't see any wrong whatsoever done here. Watson is also known for sledging and has done a lot in this series and past. So when he gets back a taste of his own medicine he and all Australians should take it positively or else they should stop sledging too. Anyways well played Aussies they almost chased down 383! Great effort!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

This is where our legends stands out... Respect to the Game and Respect to the opposition... This guy Dhawan have just played his 25th match and the success has got into his head... Keep your head down dude... You have a long way to go...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

Everyone is commenting about what Dhawan did by mocking Watson. But did anyone hear what Gavaskar was speaking in the commentary box that time? When Australian commentator said, what Dhawan did was not in good taste, Gavaskar hit back saying, Dhawan is giving back what he got & that everyone knows who started it all before, which means someone from Australian team mocked Dhawan earlier & he gave back. I dont think anything wrong with this. This is not an old Indian team to take everything & sit quietly. These guys are aggressive & give back what they get. Can anyone complain?

Posted by SHAHILLLL on (November 3, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

Agreed Guys ! Dhawan shown his real character and loads of fan disappointed by his shameful act. Honestly, I still recall our old legend - Rahul/Dada/Sachin/Zaheer/MSD/Sehwag ....However, "OUR OLD LEGEND ALWAYS BEST"

This young Indian Players specially Dhawan/Kohli needs much respectful on/off the field, No doubt about their Talent but Fans knows them by better behavior. Why ICC is quite and not imposed such harsh punishment ?

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

I dont think Shikkar Dhawan did any wrong , compare to Australians what they did before. Guys please recall the incidents when India in Australia.

Posted by WC96QF on (November 3, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

@Ankit : on this one, I am with you friend, the Aussies let loose a barrage of sledging and it does not get covered. But one bit of needle from Indian side and there are howls of outrage ! Given what we know abt Aus conduct on cricket grounds over decades, I think we shud not be too critical of Dhawan..... He also needs to let out some steam !

Posted by RaghavendraMaiya on (November 3, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

People who say Dhawan was wrong, Watson is not a respectable player. At least once in every over Watson bowls, he comes very near to batsman and says many things and goes back. People have memory loss problem. Dont consider only this match. Check out previous matches, where only Watson showed ugly behavior. So Dhawan took a small revenge. As per me Dhawan should have done more than this based on Watto earlier poor behavior.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (November 3, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

Mr. Dhawan, this isn't Sparta. It's just cricket. Please apologize to Watson. Learn humility or perish - a simple piece of advice from a nobody.

Oh, another thing. Have you met Sachin Tendulkar? If not I suggest you meet him soon.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

Why everybody criticize Dahawan,think about who start it.Why indian are try to save the white think that they are superior no, no more.Time is changing to start it when you are on receiving end why than you cry like women.BE a man it is give and take.

surinder sandhu

Posted by Dan2000 on (November 3, 2013, 1:52 GMT)

Absolutely disgraceful behavior from Dhawan. A brash young player who has not even proven himself outside of the subcontinent. Its early days yet in his career and although he looks to be a talented player, he has not yet been through adversity in his cricketing career. The game is a great leveler and what goes around comes around. He would do well to not repeat such disgraceful behavior.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Watson and Australia totally deserves it. Where was the media when they were screaming at all batsmen without being penalized?

Posted by kohli_is_future on (November 3, 2013, 1:44 GMT)

people who are saying dhawan did wrong....when dhawan was batting he got hit on his groin are and watson made fun of it And asked if he wants more...same way dhawan is making joke of him and he got offended...i don't want my players to be monks....pls publish

Posted by Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on (November 3, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

Come'n, you say it as if Dhawan was mocking a lame man and make it sound as if it was immoral. You and I are no one to draw the boundaries . How is this worse than swearing Aussies do on the field ? They say unsavory things to your mother , sister and family and you mock them when they are injured. Why are we trying rationalize these ?

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 3, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

Gaurav Gade's comment 'Most probably watson said something to dhawan at Nagpur after he hobbled back to the pavilion scoring 100'. He may have hit the nail on the head.

Posted by MarioT on (November 3, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

While Dhawan's antics were an absolute disgrace, what Aussies have been dishing out wouldn't really be far worse off.

However, in all these sizzling and simmering moments, I wished Haddin's outstanding catch to dismiss Yuvraj Singh would have found a mention. It was as good a catch as you will see ever behind the stumps.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 3, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

I hope this ICC begin to stamp out this behaviour and that includes personal sledging from both sides. By stamping it out it could prevent incidences like Dharwan's occurring.

Posted by veruthe on (November 3, 2013, 1:07 GMT)

I feel bad for Watson. The whole world knows he is a perfect gentleman. He never abused anybody. He never mocked an opponent (he never ran towards Chris Gayle and jumped at him) after taking his wicket. He is adored by his team mates , especially pup. We all know he does his homework on time.

How can an Indian cricketer ever behave like that with a gentle soul like Shane ? IMHO, all of India should apologize to Shane. Cricket doesn't deserve such high class people like you, Watto. You should try Rugby.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

The Dhavan act was very immature and reflective of the chidishness in him. The Captain and coach needs to have serious talk with him and sensitise him to be correct in act and words especially since he is now a star.Public life demands a great amount of restaraint and probity. I feel he should be fined a hefty sum of his match fee.

Posted by bvnathan on (November 3, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

Hello fellow readers ... stop being MORAL POLICE and trying to criticize Dhawan, Kohli etc. Well let us give the boys THREE CHEERS for a wonderful DIWALI DHAMAKA. I do expect ICC committee to take a review of the current ODI rules and ensure that there is consistency between BAT and BALL, ground dimensions etc. By the current rules, you are likely to see more of 200s and scores of 350+ by the teams, which may reduce the viewers interest down the line

Have you ever watched the Aussies reaction when the batsman are dismissed ... shouting hoarse and coming too close to someones comfort. I think of a an incident when Ponting was hit badly by a bouncer and when Srinath went to inquire he is OK, Ponting gave his mouthful directing Srinath to go back to his bowling run up.

It is the SPUR of moment and very sure Dhawan would not have mimicked unless and until he has been provoked during his batting.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

I have always disliked the way Australian team sledges on the field. But Dhawan's mocking is one of the worst incidents of sledging that I have seen in a cricket match.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

Shameful behavior!, started supporting Australia after seeing it, wish they had won the match.

Posted by MpBoopathi on (November 3, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

Dhawan's behaviour was for sure shameful. However I remember seeing Watson was laughing at him when Dhawan was hit on stomach. But that footage was not repeated.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

Good to see Dhawan paying back Watson all the insults he dished to Indians.

Posted by __PK on (November 3, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

It's India. Did Watson seriously expect any better? Ankit Relan - the reason there isn't more footage of the Jaipur chase needling is because it's all in your mind.

Posted by D-Ascendant on (November 3, 2013, 0:23 GMT)

Jadeja, Dhawan, Kohli... you let us down as a country. This absurd pseudo-aggression is not something we expect from the same team that gave us gentlemen like Dravid, Kumble and VVS just to name three. Please grow up and think of the billion-plus people you are representing.

Posted by PratUSA on (November 3, 2013, 0:15 GMT)

Irrespective of what may have happened before, as Gavaskar hinted to in his commentary when this incident happened, but it should made Dhawan ashamed of himself. An act like this should draw at least some sort of punishment by match referee and it is disappointing to see nothing. It would also be nice to hear an apology from Shikhar. We should hope to never see such disgraceful acts on a field of play.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

Doesn't matter how many times he was on the receiving end of sledging, what Shekhar did today was a low blow. Such a mature man with a string of good performances and undoubtedly in the process of attracting more fans, SHOULDN'T have done this. Watto was genuinely injured and getting mocked for injuries is as low as it gets. Glad Watto and co gave us a good scare by almost winning the match. I hope Shikhar reflects on his behaviour and makes it up with Watto.

Posted by orangtan on (November 2, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

Deplorable behaviour on the part of Shikhar Dhawan and he will get it back in spades at the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in Nov 2014 and indeed the World Cup in Australia in 2015. No excuse whatsoever, Dhawan should apologize unreservedly. However, the relentless sledging by Watson,Johnson et al can't be brushed under the carpet. These two aggressive individuals hover out of range of the stump mikes and direct invective at their opponents but the umpires look the other way. So, don't get too sanctimonious, Aussie fans and other anti-Indian fans who clog this forum.

Posted by srriaj317 on (November 2, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

@ Those people saying Watson's sledging should also be reprimanded, I wonder if you realise there is a vast difference between sledging and mocking an injured person? One is a question of sportsmanship and the other is a lack of humanity. You are obviously Indian posters regaling in your win now which is probably why you don't feel the need for the latter. Cricket is a game first and foremost and is played for enjoyment 1st, winning 2nd.

Posted by DingDong420 on (November 2, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

Watson has this habit of getting on the nerves of all opponent he faces.

If he is going to give it then he needs to learn to take it....Dhawan though needs to remember there are young kids watching

Posted by Nampally on (November 2, 2013, 23:46 GMT)

All Credit to Rohit Sharma for his brilliant Double Century, to Faulkner for his fastest century by any Aussie & to Maxwell for his great innings of 60. But one thing common to all 3 of these batsmen are the runs which came by clearing a "short boundary"- Rohit got 204 of 209, Faulkner 100 of 116 & Maxwell 54 of his 60 runs in 4's & 6's. It allowed even Lame Watson to get 46 of his 49 runs by just slugging, standing still! I thought the regulation size boundary in ODI is 75 M. My First play of the day is a Question: Why was this International ODI match played with Boundary < the regulation size? This added to the misery of the bowlers already downcast by rules heavily in favour of the Batsmen.

Posted by Reggaecricket on (November 2, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

It is not going to hurt him, he won't even know, but he lost a fan in me. Dhawan's behavior was shameful and should have been noted by the match referee. I hope he plays back the footage and realize that he really did look pathetic mocking a fellow injured sportsman. A little sledging to unnerve a batsman is one thing, but to make fun of a man's injury? All credit to the many Indian fans who are usually very passionate about their support for the locals, but have disapproved of his behavior last night.

Posted by TuttPenaAmbranDaTara on (November 2, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

If watson wud have stayed for some more time as mentioned by Mr Imtiaz. These r all excuses. There is no if and but once the game finishes. Reality really matters.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

Aussies can give it, but can't take it. India and many country(See the movie Fire in Babylon) have been on receiving end from Aussies. Now, the new India wants to give it back. Can't stop it and those who are apologetic about Dhawan's behavior are probably living outside India and has no clue about the Indian youth..

Posted by Not_Another_Keybord_Expert on (November 2, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

@ ANKIT RELAN you base this argument on nothing but speculation and have no evidence to back it up, the Indian cricket team always pull out the line "they did it first" every time they get caught displaying bad sportsmanship against all opponents they play against. Dharwan's actions were cowardly.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

Sledging and aggression is a two way street. I agree that behaviors such as this are not commendable but so is sledging in any form or shape. If you don't like the taste of your medicine then don't dispense it to others. I am not sur what prompted Dhavan but certainly he could have found a better way of getting back at Watson. Again, one should avoid all forms of it since once in it being relative is not just and not possible.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

Even though what Dhawan did was not in the sporting spirits but hang on guys most of you do not know that this was started by Watto. Earlier In the Indian innings Watto hit Dhawan in the lower abdomen region with an quick delivery and mocked him. So can't see any issue here!!!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (November 2, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

@Ankit Relan, What a magnificent privilege you have of being able to know the unseen and unheard happenings out on the field! Please share with us more of this insight......

Posted by o-bomb on (November 2, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

I can only imagine the lack of sympathy that will come Dhawan's way should he ever get injured playing against Australia.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

There was a comment by one of the commentators that it was instigated by assuies. May be. But obviously Indian players need to learn how to give it back without showcasing it to the world. Either you should be rock solid in your performance and give it back the way SRT/RRD did or should be smart enough to use language which can be intelligent but still intimidating. What Dhawan did looked childish. They used to say Indian players, who come from educated middle class culture, are incapable of using similar language. Well, it definitely was true for the likes of SRT/RRD/VVS. I doubt if it holds true for any of the current lot. These guys need to learn how to intimidate using their brains and not the exaggerated emotions. May be Dada should give some lessons. He definitely got under the skin of 'Mental disintegration master' Waugh without getting caught even once, on camera or otherwise. Waugh cant get over it even today.

Posted by drsankalp on (November 2, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

Shikhar done perfect thing by mocking watts as watto has tendency to do same in own turf . Good to see he is given lessons in own style.

Posted by indiancricfaninusa on (November 2, 2013, 22:03 GMT)

It was very bad of 26 yr old Dhawan to mock that way. He should grow up and learn to respect cricketer.

Posted by Skylight28 on (November 2, 2013, 22:03 GMT)

With all due respect to other commenters as well as Cricinfo's view, I can't fault Dhawan for what he did. This is professional sport and it's a high stakes - high stress situation. It's as much a part of the game as anything else. Australians sledge too, as do Indians, as do any others that play the sport. No, I am not justifying it because everyone else does it, but just because it's a part of the game. You want to do whatever you can that's legally permissible to get under the skin of the opposition. If the ICC or any other body has published a list of what's allowed and what's not, then I must have missed that memo. Australia are the team that use sledging regularly as part of their cricketing repertoire, and they should be able to take it themselves when they are at the receiving end. In fact, they should be happy we are learning from them - isn't imitation the best form of flattery?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

Hi All...

I agree to you all the Dhawan shouldn't have done that but do note that Shane sledged allot in last match and he was the one started this buff ,,

Posted by fguy on (November 2, 2013, 21:36 GMT)

People criticising Dhawan gimme a break. Watson is no saint & I'm sure this must have been retaliation for some things in the past couple games. The problem is Aussie players and fans love to dish it out but when someone gives it back then it's not acceptable. If you keep poking the tiger and he loses patience and Claws you you can not complain and say why did you do that all I did was poke you

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

AWESOME Job by Dhawan! Aussies are such whingers when they are at the receiving end of a joke. This is not a big deal. You go Dhawan.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Shameful behavior by Shikhar Dhawan. He isn't a 20 year old, he's a grown man and he needs to learn how to respect someone else's injury because it will happen to him as well.

Posted by Gevelsis on (November 2, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

It's all very well standing in front of the mirror in your bedroom flexing your muscles and thinking what a tough guy you are, but sooner or later you have to go out and face the bully down the street. I can't wait.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

Disappointed in Dhawan's behaviour to be honest, especially considering how many hearts and minds he has won over since his international debut last year. But that's professional sport for you - emotions and tempers run high and there is little place for moralism.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

Excuse Me guys...!!!! Just let me interrupt here Dhawan's act of mocking watson's injury was justified. I say he deserved every bit of it. Now let me tell u why??? In previous match when Dhawan had made a century then next ball he got out but got a little niggle while playing a stroke. So he was seen limping and as he was going back to pavilion watson came by and started to some things abut this and it got him upset and that's why today he made mockery about Watson's injury. Now u know the reason guys.

Posted by vrkp on (November 2, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Dhawan's behavior was very poor and totally uncalled for. Not sure why he did that unless he was mocked by the Aussie team previously.

If it was unprovoked, then he should apologize unconditionally.

Posted by PKDaruwalla on (November 2, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

Before we condemn Dhawan, let us understand that no player wants to be in the lime light for bad sportsmanship unless something triggered it, It is possible that Dhawan was subject to intense sledging, Aussie are not saints in the department. Dhawan also suffered cramps prior to Watson pulling muscle..

so its just Dhawan was paing in the same coin Australian dollar?

Posted by amvm on (November 2, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

What Dhawan did to say the least is degrading and lack of total etiquettes. I wish Dhoni should have a word with him and an apology by Dhawan would have been ideal which would have lifted the standard of this game of cricket and made the viewers feel better.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Throughout the series...kohli and dhawan have been needled by watson and other aussies on field. Too bad those incidents were never given much footage or reaction except may be a couple of times when kohli let out rants in anger after scoring a good shot.

The moment somebody gives it back to them aussies why does all hell break loose and the brickbats come out in full swing? Keep the analysis and sour taste buds where they belong my friends and enjoy YES they are professionals and should refrain from these antics...but YES they are humans too who instinctively respond.

DONT NEEDLE IF YOU CANT BEAR THE PUSH-BACK

i wish more we had more coverage of the instances in the jaipur chase when kohli was being spoken at constantly by watto.

You Go Dhawan...

Posted by Fine_Legs on (November 2, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan's behaviour was atrocious and deserves to be severely criticized. It was in poor taste, nasty and absolutely no provocation that he might cite on part of Australians could possibly justify such mean and disgusting behaviour. It detracts from the Indian victory and weakens support for the national team.

Posted by PMaximus on (November 2, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

Agree with all the comments on Dhawan's less-than-gracious behavior. I couldn't believe it and you could tell from Watson's face what he was thinking. It was ironic that a few minutes later, Raina was hit on his knee and pretty much wobbled exactly like Dhawan's mock wobble but in this case, he was in real pain.

Posted by theRule19 on (November 2, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

Mocking Watson was not needed when he was down with injury. Also, sledging needs to be dealt with harshly by the ICC rule book for any team or player that does that to the opposition. (Sledging) if not dealt with proper disciplinary action against the player will sometimes result in this kind of a rude and unnecessary behavior.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

Had watson been on the crease for some more time..then Dhawan would have been doing the same genuinenly what he did exaggeratedly..Poor Dhawan!!! Shame

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

that silly run out of Bailey cost aussie the match and the series. and such a dumb act by a still rookie dhawan.. and what a knock by faulkner.. he's a man in a mission..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Dhawan would probably be the first one to realize that what he did was in bad taste. I would not be surprised if he went over to Watson after the game and cleared the air with him. I do not mean to act as Dhawan's lawyer, but we tend to go over the top with our reactions at times.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

i Think Dhawan Did Not Do Anything Wrong there As Through Out The Series Watson Keep Irritating Him,And I Saw Today there Was A Ball That Hit Dhawan Right On To His Stomach Then Watson Came Near to Dhawan (babbling and Smiling) As If He Was Happy The Ball being Hit On to Dhawan At That instance Dhawan Did not Reacted the Way Watson did today After He Being Mocked On His Injury.And Most importantly I Have Seen Dhawan more Calm And Composed Rather than Watson.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

What Dhawan did was not in the right spirit but he has just giving back it to to watson. When watson was bowling, dhawan tried to pull and it was hit in his abdoman. Watson was all smiles and said something to dhawan. I am sure he made fun of the injury and dhawan thought its his chance. But it did look bad on dhawan.

Posted by screamingeagle on (November 2, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

I was really disappointed at Dhawans act. Shame. Kohli was also seen mouthing off at Maxwell when he started. Coincidence maybe, but both started creaming the bowling after these incidents. This is why these guys will never be respected like the Tendulkars or Dravids. This is not killer instinct or attitude, it is just plain crass behaviour.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

I'm an Indian and a great admirer of Dhavan's batting. It is so sad to see him behave like this. Have to learn a lot from Greats like Sachin, Dravid, Kumble for their on and off field behaviour.. Don't think their is any need to apologise,if Watson takes it in a sportive manner. But to mock an injured person for that is of extremely bad taste...

Posted by baskar_guha on (November 2, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

All we need is a wicket keeper and bowler -- the fielders can stand outside the boundary -- lets call it field restrictions. The myopia in ICC is at an all time high as they destroy the sport we all have loved in the name of "fan interest."

Posted by ScottStevo on (November 2, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

It's a shame as Shikhar Dhawan looks such a great batsman, and yet already I have a dislike for his arrogant attitude. He doesn't want to follow in Kholi's footsteps and should look at some of the class acts that India have recently had in their side like Sachin, VVS and Dravid. Can add Dhoni to that list too. For a young man who's never played outside his own back yard, he's got a long way to go before even being recognised as a good player as it's pretty clear to see, in ODI anyway, its pretty good for batting. Let's see how he goes when there's juice in the deck

Posted by amitdashore on (November 2, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

thats shameful.. atleast give a thought to the seniority n class of the player, if not just humanity!

Posted by BobCo on (November 2, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

Dhawan's attitude was very poor, and Kohli's wasn't that much better. Management needs to take them aside and spell it out -- no more. If Kohli is really a future Indian captain, he has to prove himself to be a bigger man than today's display. It is not as though he hasn't had any good role models -- Dravid, in particular, comes to mind. Play hard, respect your opposition, and remember, it really _is_ just a game.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

Shameful behavior by Dhawan to mock an injured player. This is what happens when some new players become too arrogant. Sachin's, Dravid's never behaved that way and that's why fans over the world Respected them.

Posted by sidzy on (November 2, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Well its not first time bailey has had a comical run out, remember the one by NUWAN KULUSHEKHRA in champions trophy 2013...

Posted by RamanujSingh on (November 2, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

You are wrong regarding Shikhar mocking him first. Its the Shane who started it when Shikhar was batting and in trying to pull hit on his belly in Shane's over and the later making fun of the former. Shikhar did this reciprocally..

Posted by blink182alex on (November 2, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Big lack of class from Dhawan mocking Watson injury. I seem to recall Dhawan was 'injured' in the last match when batting, he ran quickly with no problem to go from 98 to 100, then was dismissed later in the over and suddenly started limping off. He's had a good 6 months in international cricket, that's it. Too early for him to start shouting his mouth off and acting like the big man.

India have test tours in SA, Eng & Aus in the next 12 months, let's see if he still wants to mock more respected international figures when he has Steyn, Morkel, Anderson, Harris & Pattinson bowling at him on proper cricket wickets. That's if he's still in the side in 12 months time.

Posted by abdubaba on (November 2, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Faulkner super impressed me with his resolve, cool headedness and audacity. It was one man against Team India and he nearly took the game away from them. Hats of to you Faulker, you are the man!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Good teamwork All contributed forthe win. Fielding was good except for the dropped catch by Shami. It is part of the game. We saw Faulkner in IPL What an asset he is. Hope he finds a place in the test team alongwith Bailey. Good luck Aussies in the Ashes Now Virat Rohit Dhawan are sure to take their places in the team for some more years. Raina and Yuvraj has to prove they are not pushovers. An Incredible run feast for the fans. kashinath

Posted by abdubaba on (November 2, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Faulkner super impressed me with his resolve, cool headedness and audacity. It was one man against Team India and he nearly took the game away from them. Hats of to you Faulker, you are the man!

Posted by geebee3 on (November 2, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

Dhawan's mockery of Watson's hamstring injury was so shocking I could hardly believe I was witnessing such a sick demonstration of a fellow being's condition let alone a fellow sportsman and guest in our country. If I was to pass judgement on punishment to be meted out for this horrendous lapse in on field behavior It would please me to not only cause forfeit of his entire match fee but also a complete ban from any form of cricket for six months. India is a big enough country and has enough talent to replace him,the sick man.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Most probably watson said something to dhawan at Nagpur after he hobbled back to the pavilion scoring 100.

Posted by Raps on (November 2, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Its interesting how we are disappointed with Dhawan for mocking Watson's injury. The author here states that this should be removed from the game. Let us get one thing straight. Watson is not an angel. He sledges a lot on the field, so why are we not talking about removing that from the game? I am sure there was something brewing between the two of them even before Dhawan decided to mock him. They had a run in at a previous game, so this is simply a continuation. His mockery should also sledging irrespective of whether it comes from the mouth or actions.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Its a pity that Shikhar Dhawan acted like he did today, hope he regrets his act...Injury can happen to any one but making a mokery about it is not fair.

Posted by Reececonrad on (November 2, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

I don't care what Dhawans motives were, that was a moment that Dhawan lost my support and respect for him. In that moment I saw a person who lacked the compassion to put away petty differences with a person in pain, and too immature not to know when to draw the line. I lost a lot of respect tonight for the Indian players, the way that they abused Watson, Hate him or not it was an admirable act of courage to come out and bat and put himself in more pain and potentially rule him out of the first test of the ashes. Kohli, Dhawan and Jadeja the new generation Indian side. They are the role models for over a billion people and to act how they did, they are professionals and if kids aspiring to play see this and think it's okay. It is okay to be aggressive but you have to know when it is right/appropriate to use it.Maybe it is just I like the old fashioned India which featured absolute Gentlemen, such as Sachin, Dravid, Kumble and VVs to name a few.

Posted by Ajayphilips on (November 2, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

Allright.Dhawan was out of line and probably needs visit the match referee.But why has nothing been done with Shane watson? Every match he has a go at Indian batsmen at the crease? So he does deserve a visit to the officials too ...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Men like Dravid, Laxman and Kumble were not only classy players but their behavior was top-class too. The present cricketers are nowhere near them.

Posted by EngineerKhan on (November 2, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Thats really sad from someone like Shekhar Dhawan (actually from anyone) given he is a man without malice and maybe bit immature. That's not acceptable by any means. He must apologize now officially!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Dhawan ll surely pay for his arrogance

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