India v Australia, 4th Test, Delhi, 3rd day March 24, 2013

Ishant fined for breaching Code of Conduct

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ishant Sharma has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct on the third day of the Delhi Test, won by India who completed a sweep of the four-match series. Ishant, who admitted to the charge and accepted the penalty, was found to have breached Level, Article 2.1.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct, "which relates to pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion by a bowler or a fielder upon the dismissal of a batsman in an International Match."

The incident occurred in the 45th over, immediately after Ishant dismissed James Pattinson. Ishant "repeatedly gestured towards the pavilion while in his follow through," an ICC release stated. "Ishant's reaction after dismissing James Pattinson was inappropriate and clearly in breach of the Code. I'm sure Ishant will learn from this incident and ensure such actions are not be repeated in the future," the ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle said.

Player behaviour has been under scrutiny in this Test match. On the second day, Australia opener David Warner was involved in a verbal altercation with Ravindra Jadeja, who asked the umpires to intervene and they subsequently called on captain Shane Watson to speak to Warner. Warner had reacted, seemingly, in response to the Indian batsmen running through the middle of the pitch while going for a couple. MS Dhoni was also batting at the time, the incident having occurred after the second ball of the 51st over in India's innings.

Dhoni, at the end of the game, said the issue was dealt with well by the umpires, but added, "The schoolboys [younger players] just graduated into college for a while.

"One thing I always tell the match referee is that whichever team starts it, I think the other team has an equal right to give it back to them. And then you should stop it, saying, "no more, now both sides need to be disciplined.""

If the umpires stopped one side from retaliating "at that point in time", he said, "the individuals in that side just keep it on, keep it on…and sometimes, just blow it out on the opposition, that's the time when people get fined and disciplinary action gets taken."

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  • rajatt on March 26, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    & wat abt Mr. Jadeja...if m not wrong he has also shown ways to Mr. Warner after got him...??

  • Vijay P on March 25, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Good psychoanalysis by Dhoni. Are you listening umpires? First let them relieve their stress and then calm them down.

  • Naman on March 25, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Absolutely disgraceful & a biased decision given in this case. A test match is made interesting when teams fight competitively for every single run and wicket. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, players can get a bit carried away. Umpires should intervene in between only if the things go out of hand. In this case, either both the parties should have been fined or none of them. Indians were not solely responsible for it and it was the Australians who instigated the proceedings. However I like the attitude of this Indian team. This shows they will not take things lying down and give it back to the opposition every time they do such things.

  • Star on March 25, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    and David Warner gets away with nothing? LOL

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Come on man a little bit chit chat is one ingredient which makes a TEST MATCH more tasty. Comparing the treatment INDIANS got when they toured down under, it was nothing. WARNER was the one who started the chit chat

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