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Updated: March 23, 2013 20:55 IST

India, Australia indulge in sledging at Kotla

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Australian Captain Shane Watson having a word with Ravindra Jadeja on Day 2 of the 4th Test between India and Australia at Ferozshah Kotla Ground in New Delhi on 23, March, 2013. Photo: S. Subramanium
The Hindu Australian Captain Shane Watson having a word with Ravindra Jadeja on Day 2 of the 4th Test between India and Australia at Ferozshah Kotla Ground in New Delhi on 23, March, 2013. Photo: S. Subramanium

Sparks flew thick and fast between Ravindra Jadeja and David Warner as the two players found themselves involved in an ugly spat during the second day’s play of the fourth and final Test here on Saturday.

It all started when Aussie pacer James Pattinson had a word with Jadeja, something that the India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not like.

When Pattinson returned to bowl, Dhoni was warned by the umpire for running on the pitch.

While a smiling Dhoni tried to settle the matter at his end, Warner, positioned at mid-on, looked the most animated and mumbled some profane words. Jadeja, at the non-striker’s end, retorted by showing the handle of his bat.

This further provoked the Australian opener and he complained to the umpire. The on-field umpires then called upon Jadeja and had a word with him.

Both Dhoni and Australia’s stand-in skipper Shane Watson were called in to soothe the fraying nerves but that did not seem to have deterred Warner and Jadeja from having another round of sledging. They once again exchanged expletives before heading to their respective ends.

As Watson was walking past the India skipper after settling the matter, he himself got engaged in a war of words with Dhoni.

In the same over, after the verbal spat, the third ball was played by Dhoni towards square-leg and Siddle, who was stationed there, flung the ball towards the India skipper. The ball narrowly missed Dhoni and he reacted angrily.

After that Pattinson had a huge leg before appeal against Jadeja turned down by the umpire. The shout seemed like a never-ending one but umpire Aleem Dar rightly ruled in favour of the batsman as the yorker was going down the leg.

After the over, drinks break was taken, which saw both on-field umpires having a long chat with Dhoni and Jadeja and later on, with the Australian skipper.

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Cricket is a game watched by millions of young and old fans. It is not
a bar room brawl. Sledging has no place in a gentleman's game. It is
clearly foul play. Verbal assault by unexpected foul abuse to unsettle
a sensitive player is as indefensible as physical assault to intimidate
a player whom you cannot get out by fair means. It is a crime as low as
match fixing or umpire bribing, because you are trying to win a cricket
match through non cricketing means, namely, vicious personal abuse.The
sooner this perversion is banned from the game the better.

from:  M. H. Rao
Posted on: Mar 24, 2013 at 09:18 IST
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