India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore November 4, 2013

Jadeja fined for Watson send-off

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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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  • 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....

  • INDSlider 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Srini_Indian 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!

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • INDSlider 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Srini_Indian 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!

  • 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...

  • on November 4, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    agreed...watson always makes fun of his opponents. he did the same to dhawan as well, and he is no Saint.

  • James.The.Ripper on November 4, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    @ GlobalCricketLover, I completely agree with you, I'm fine with 'exchange of words' between 2 players but mocking an injured player is petty low.

  • santhugsk on November 4, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    raina and dhawan also should be fined because of their mockery of watson's injury.

  • Iceman29 on November 4, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @AbdulRauf-99: FYI...everything started because Watson started sledging on Dhawan's Limping...so , is that not making fun of other's injury..or is there some rules like it doesn't applicable to Aussies...

  • Iceman29 on November 4, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    AbdulRauf-99: hahah....but cannot tell Raina deserves it ;)...i first thought he is also mocking watson..but poor guy really got hit...lol....so are you trying to say that Watson does not deserve anything...we dont know what watson is doing to the batsmen only the players know it, if that is not the case then Indians would have mocked every Aussies who came to bat but that didnt happened didnt it.. Kohli, Dhawan and Jadega targetted only Watson...am not saying its right..but he got what he deserved...Aussies think they have the right to sledging and mocking....so its better give them back what they deserved...and buddy if Saeed Ajmal did not respond its not our problem its his...

  • jiveturkey on November 4, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Watto is a serial offender, and his behaviour this series has been just awful. Was a wonderful moment for cricket to see the look on Watto's face when Dhawan returned some of the sledging that the Australian team routinely afflict on their opponents. For far too long opponents of Australia have just lay down

  • xtrafalgarx on November 4, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    The Indian fanatics are driving their players up the wall, and they have become big headed and it's showing. There are no gentlemen anymore like VVS and Dravid in Indian cricket.

    Time will tell, but when Dhoni is gone, these guys are going to take sportsmanship to whole new low that hasn't been seen before...

  • Anwar-Lara on November 4, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    i dun mind sledging.. but what dhawan did was pathetic!!

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 4, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    @Iceman29, Yes it's true that Shane watson mocks when he gets a wicket , But Shane Watson does not mock anyone by acting, Even Saeed Ajmal does that sometimes but he will never do like Dhawan, And in the end Indian players got what they deserved, In the next over, raina got a terrible bounce which hit him right on the knee, Dhawan should've got a 2 or 3 match banned.

  • Power.Player on November 4, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    The Kohlis, Dhawans and Jadejas are no players but entertainers. They consider themselves 'heroes' or 'stars' more than a 'sportsman' or someone representing their Nation. They are least bothered about sportsmanship but crave to get the attention of the gathering by any means. Quiet often these days they pull out some unnecessary and unprofessional acts like these just trying to entertain with no respect for an opponent and that too an injured player. Some blokes justify that they are just aggressive and take their game serious!? Fined 10% of match fee??..thats cheaper than peanuts for them..

  • Iceman29 on November 4, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    If Aus or English players does it will go even unnoticed but if an Indian does it all hell will break lose....the new Indian team is not like the old one....they will stop what others have started for sure.....Watson got what he deserved...nothings wrong in it....sledging does not work anymore with us buddy...

  • Pathiyal on November 4, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    they always put their personal egos first before their nation. (no matter how capable virat is, he is not a complete sportsman of the sachin, rahul, laxman kinds) these guys are just copying the aussie tactics of sledging and the aussies are playing obedient children now a days :-)

  • sando31 on November 4, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Typical behaviour from the Indian team!!!!!!! Both Dhawan and Jadeja should be seriously dealt with as a result especially considering Watto was injured! There is a distinct difference between funny, intelligent sledging (Merv Hughes and Javed Miandad sledge, Freddie Flintoff and Tino Best sledge) and what just happened. The fact that India decided to sledge their mouths off in the last innings of the last game speaks volumes about how tough they are and how fearful they are against possible retaliation. Indian cricket is severely losing credibility since Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman retired and that's sad because they have such a great cricketing passion and culture!

  • Emancipator007 on November 4, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    All those dissing Dhawan 1st need to check Watto's sledging for years. Once u sledge, retorts in words and deed are par for the course;you cannot make your own sledging rules. People here need to remember how Pup Clarke so badly wound up the Gayle in Champions Trophy'06 that Gayle was hopping mad & did not mind being banned in his quest to avenge Pup's barbs. 3 decades back in calendar year 1981, Lillee wound up the placid Gavaskar with continued invective (forcing Sunny to go for that school boyish walkout in Melbourne) & then riled& Miandad (bad move!) at Perth so much so that Miandad wanted to whack him with his bat. Symonds did the same when Bhaji was making that fighting 50 in partnership with SRT. Either ban sledging altogether (even banter) or anything goes once you start.

  • Srini_Indian on November 4, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Yes, its expected. Cricket is no longer a gentleman's game, I've seen many teams sledging, giving send-offs and foul mouthing players when we travel abroad. Its nice these young generation give them back.

  • bleedingice on November 4, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Im indian, and i feel what jadeja shikar did was completely unprofessional, they both deserve to be fine, not just jadeja

  • satishchandar on November 4, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Words exchanged doesn't even merit mention.. That too against Australia.. Faulkner did in first game - He was named as eager enthusiastic kid who takes game seriously.. Whereas, Virat doing the same to Faulkner gets mentioned as crime.. RJ deserved punishment for the foul language he used.. I think he doesn't indulge in one very often.. However, we need to look out for the foul language used while batting too.. There were too many words said by Aussie fielders when Raina came to bat.. Isn't it disrespect? If that is taken as mental disintegration and what Virat does is termed as disrespect, there is something wrong with the viewer..

    And, i wished the same 10% would have been deducted from Dhawan too.. For mocking Watson.. It was very silly.. Does Watson's bat waving deserve a call as well? As per Aussie logic, provoking can escape but reaction should be punished right?

  • sandy_bangalore on November 4, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Jadeja is nothing but a bits and pieces cricketer, having a good run on dry Indian pitches with the ball(and contributing nothing with the bat). The problme is, as usual, adulation from the media and our general public, which goes into a players head and thus he thinks that he is bigger than the game. I am an Indian, but I find it very hard sometimes to cheer for our team, which is filled with people whose attitude dont match their talents and returns on the firld(Ishant,yuvraj,jadeja,ojha etc).

  • Number_5 on November 4, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    It will be an interesting study to see how the next generation of Indian cricketers perform in light of this appalling display of sportsman ship. With the likes of Dravid, Kumble and the Little Master absolute gentlemen for the majority of the time in their careers Jadeja, Dhawan and Kohli are setting new benchmarks for poor behavior. Whilst many Indian fans have pointed to the 'mental disintegration' employed by Australian teams of the past (which was not enjoyed by even some Aus fans) it must be remembered that this rarely if at all incurred fines by Match referees for breeches of Code of Conduct. Maybe the Indian players and some of their fans should accustom themselves with the laws of the game before complaining about being picked up, yet again for breeches of those laws.

  • Sadequl on November 4, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @ bukhari nice speech man but in the field things might be different than as it shown on TV screen, as you know "It's impossible to clap with one hand". We as fan don't know or see the actual picture or how player's mind can change into such hetaerism. On other hand "To err is human" & yes players are also human being too. When team's plays against each other things can come up like this way but not everyone is capable enough to keep themselves so cool minded to act with "sportsman spirit" in it always.

  • GlobalCricketLover on November 4, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    What Dhawan did was far more disgusting and unacceptable..and he doesn't get even a fine?

  • husseybukhari on November 4, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    dont want to offend anyone, but that was a horrible display of sportsman spirit on india's part. Mocking, cursing and misbehaving with a player who is injured, and that too when their team is in a winning position is completely absurd. Watson has had his share of words to say in the past, but on this occasion, he was completely on the receiving end of unnecessary gestures by the indian players. Celebrate however you want, but jadejas actions were very sad to watch. He has been let go with a lenient penalty, as this isnt the first time he has done so. Virat kohli and jadeja are always looking for an altercation, they should be penalized for provoking such incidents. And it was worst to see shikhar dhawan joining the list. Hope these extremely talented indian players buckle up and become aware of their attitudes specially on the field.

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  • husseybukhari on November 4, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    dont want to offend anyone, but that was a horrible display of sportsman spirit on india's part. Mocking, cursing and misbehaving with a player who is injured, and that too when their team is in a winning position is completely absurd. Watson has had his share of words to say in the past, but on this occasion, he was completely on the receiving end of unnecessary gestures by the indian players. Celebrate however you want, but jadejas actions were very sad to watch. He has been let go with a lenient penalty, as this isnt the first time he has done so. Virat kohli and jadeja are always looking for an altercation, they should be penalized for provoking such incidents. And it was worst to see shikhar dhawan joining the list. Hope these extremely talented indian players buckle up and become aware of their attitudes specially on the field.

  • GlobalCricketLover on November 4, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    What Dhawan did was far more disgusting and unacceptable..and he doesn't get even a fine?

  • Sadequl on November 4, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @ bukhari nice speech man but in the field things might be different than as it shown on TV screen, as you know "It's impossible to clap with one hand". We as fan don't know or see the actual picture or how player's mind can change into such hetaerism. On other hand "To err is human" & yes players are also human being too. When team's plays against each other things can come up like this way but not everyone is capable enough to keep themselves so cool minded to act with "sportsman spirit" in it always.

  • Number_5 on November 4, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    It will be an interesting study to see how the next generation of Indian cricketers perform in light of this appalling display of sportsman ship. With the likes of Dravid, Kumble and the Little Master absolute gentlemen for the majority of the time in their careers Jadeja, Dhawan and Kohli are setting new benchmarks for poor behavior. Whilst many Indian fans have pointed to the 'mental disintegration' employed by Australian teams of the past (which was not enjoyed by even some Aus fans) it must be remembered that this rarely if at all incurred fines by Match referees for breeches of Code of Conduct. Maybe the Indian players and some of their fans should accustom themselves with the laws of the game before complaining about being picked up, yet again for breeches of those laws.

  • sandy_bangalore on November 4, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Jadeja is nothing but a bits and pieces cricketer, having a good run on dry Indian pitches with the ball(and contributing nothing with the bat). The problme is, as usual, adulation from the media and our general public, which goes into a players head and thus he thinks that he is bigger than the game. I am an Indian, but I find it very hard sometimes to cheer for our team, which is filled with people whose attitude dont match their talents and returns on the firld(Ishant,yuvraj,jadeja,ojha etc).

  • satishchandar on November 4, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Words exchanged doesn't even merit mention.. That too against Australia.. Faulkner did in first game - He was named as eager enthusiastic kid who takes game seriously.. Whereas, Virat doing the same to Faulkner gets mentioned as crime.. RJ deserved punishment for the foul language he used.. I think he doesn't indulge in one very often.. However, we need to look out for the foul language used while batting too.. There were too many words said by Aussie fielders when Raina came to bat.. Isn't it disrespect? If that is taken as mental disintegration and what Virat does is termed as disrespect, there is something wrong with the viewer..

    And, i wished the same 10% would have been deducted from Dhawan too.. For mocking Watson.. It was very silly.. Does Watson's bat waving deserve a call as well? As per Aussie logic, provoking can escape but reaction should be punished right?

  • bleedingice on November 4, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Im indian, and i feel what jadeja shikar did was completely unprofessional, they both deserve to be fine, not just jadeja

  • Srini_Indian on November 4, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Yes, its expected. Cricket is no longer a gentleman's game, I've seen many teams sledging, giving send-offs and foul mouthing players when we travel abroad. Its nice these young generation give them back.

  • Emancipator007 on November 4, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    All those dissing Dhawan 1st need to check Watto's sledging for years. Once u sledge, retorts in words and deed are par for the course;you cannot make your own sledging rules. People here need to remember how Pup Clarke so badly wound up the Gayle in Champions Trophy'06 that Gayle was hopping mad & did not mind being banned in his quest to avenge Pup's barbs. 3 decades back in calendar year 1981, Lillee wound up the placid Gavaskar with continued invective (forcing Sunny to go for that school boyish walkout in Melbourne) & then riled& Miandad (bad move!) at Perth so much so that Miandad wanted to whack him with his bat. Symonds did the same when Bhaji was making that fighting 50 in partnership with SRT. Either ban sledging altogether (even banter) or anything goes once you start.

  • sando31 on November 4, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Typical behaviour from the Indian team!!!!!!! Both Dhawan and Jadeja should be seriously dealt with as a result especially considering Watto was injured! There is a distinct difference between funny, intelligent sledging (Merv Hughes and Javed Miandad sledge, Freddie Flintoff and Tino Best sledge) and what just happened. The fact that India decided to sledge their mouths off in the last innings of the last game speaks volumes about how tough they are and how fearful they are against possible retaliation. Indian cricket is severely losing credibility since Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman retired and that's sad because they have such a great cricketing passion and culture!