India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore

Jadeja fined for Watson send-off

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November 4, 2013

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An injured Shane Watson left the field after bowling five overs, India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore, November 2, 2013
Shikhar Dhawan hobbled exaggeratedly, seemingly mocking Shane Watson, who had earlier injured his hamstring © BCCI
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India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 10% of his match fee for using offensive language against Shane Watson, after the Australia batsman was dismissed during the final ODI in Bangalore.

Watson, who had scored a quickfire 49 off 22 balls during the chase of 384, was caught at short third man off Jadeja, before the bowler gave him a send-off. The match referee Andy Pycroft ruled that Jadeja had breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC code of conduct. Jadeja had apologised for his actions, though, so there was no formal hearing or heavier penalty - such a level one breach could draw a reprimand and a fine of up to 50% of the match fee.

After his ruling, Pycroft said: "Mr Jadeja's reaction after dismissing Shane Watson was clearly in breach of the code as the players are always expected to respect their opponents, no matter what the match situation. Mr Jadeja apologised for his action when on-field umpire Nigel Llong spoke to him immediately after the incident and reminded him of his responsibilities."

There was some tension in the air all through Watson's stay at the crease in Bangalore. He seemed to have done damage to a hamstring halfway through his bowling spell and had to leave the field, and then came out to bat only at No. 8, when Australia were 138 for 6. Watson punched his first ball into the covers, where Shikhar Dhawan fielded it and hobbled exaggeratedly, seemingly mocking Watson and drawing several shakes of the head from him. There were also words exchanged between Virat Kohli and James Faulkner later, with the umpire having to intervene and MS Dhoni having a word with his players.

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Posted by Iceman29 on (November 5, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

@Ausie_the_Great: Ya right..check out the Miandad vs Lilee incident in the past how they almost hit each other in the field...checkout the McGrath Vs Sarwan's incident.....The Frog Jumping incident, 1992 India Vs Pakistan:.these are some of the most worst sledging in history of world cricket and that involves an Aus, WI and Pak....funny isin't it...if you think others should take it sportively then it is applicable for you Aussies as well....

Posted by SLslider_original on (November 5, 2013, 2:27 GMT)

See what this Srini_Chennai guy says. "Cricket is no more a gentlemen's game"."Its nice these young generation give them back".

Though it is not a gentlemen's game for you Indians, it is indeed a gentlemen's game for us Aus, Eng, Pak, WI, SA, NZ, SL, Ban and Zim. He is promoting small kids to do bad thing.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 5, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

@Srini_Chennai & Iceman29:

Hey guys, I was traveling while this match took place and could not see the actual footage. I know that 'probably' Dhawan mocked Watson by hobbling a bit like him but did Watson do that too in the prev match when Dhawan was hobbling when on 98? If that is so then the Watson got just what he deserved. Even if he did not do that & Dhawan did that on his own then too Watson is no saint.

Posted by CricketChat on (November 4, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Was Dhawan fined also? I didn't see reference to that effect. He should be fined too, because he started the ungainly provocation in the first place. I started to respect his success after yrs of struggles, but with his antics, I am sure he lost quite a few fans including me. If I recollect correctly, Jadeja and Watson were teams for Rajasthan Royals in IPL initial years. So, Jadeja's actions comes even more disappointing. Both Dhawan and Jadeja should be disciplined so this type of behavior won't be repeated. Aussies, on the other hand, showed lot of class despite being beaten.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Watson exactly got what he deserved and i also think dhawan did the right thing because tgroughout the series there have been exchange of words between haddin and dhawan and between dhawan and watson as well obviously started by the Australians. Australians got what they deserved, so i dont care what people say about dhawan he did the right thing.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (November 4, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

This is disapponting. Jadeja and Watson play for the same team in IPL. You would think playing in the same team would build friendship, not animosity. I am an Indian fan, but I am a bit disappointed with Indian players' behavior in this series. Of course, my fellow Indian fans will support their players no matter what saying something like "Watson/xyz started it first'. But I think two wrongs don't make something right. A bad behavior is a bad behavior.

Posted by prazad on (November 4, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Hope the fine teaches Dhawan and Jadeja the line between sledging and just plain boorishness :( But, what the heck, whats an ind aus match without sledging?!! Also hope fines dont stop the fireworks

Posted by DINESHCC on (November 4, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

Sledging is part of the game for OZ, SA and England, particularly the Aussies. None of their players have sporting spirit. It does't mean that we should also act in a similar manner. Sledging is different mocking is different. Mocking an injured player is not good in taste. Many of our players are following the path of Harbhajan and Gambhir. It is not good for Cricket.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (November 4, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

@xtrafalgarx: Indians taking the sportsmanship to new low? LOL! Australians have already done that and it couldn't get any lower. Its nice to sledge others but it is bitter when you get back, isn't it? Watson got what he deserved. Live with it!

Posted by NAP73 on (November 4, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Thought it was quite funny at first when I watched the highlights, though it would not be 'entertainment' if it happened habitually. On a serious note, it does not breed a great 'culture' (Watto also needs to learn from his past behaviour), especially when you only lose a measly 10% of your match fee as a result. May as well let everyone have a turn...

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