India skipper lends full support to perky all-rounder; terms match referee Boon’s fine as 'hurtful'
Southampton: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was congratulated on Saturday by team manager Sunil Dev for speaking out at International Cricket Council match referee David Boon's punitive action on Ravindra Jadeja in his pre-Test media conference.
MS Dhoni and (inset) Ravindra Jadeja
"To me, it is a very hurtful decision. A lot of things were neglected in judging the case," said Dhoni referring to Boon's decision to impose a 50 per cent fine on Jadeja for his so–called spat with England pace bowler James Anderson in the first Test at Nottingham.
The verdict on Anderson, who is accused of pushing Jadeja, could be out on August 1. Dhoni is believed to have said in the dressing room, "let us see how the Indian press write about this."
The skipper provided a detailed explanation about the incident involving Jadeja and Anderson to the media: "The umpires called for lunch and we started walking towards the pavilion. I don't want to take any other individual's name.
We started walking and the other individual started using foul language against Jadeja. I had to step in. By the time we reached the boundary ropes, I thought the situation had diffused.
"By the time we were going through the members' area, I was ahead of Jadeja. He was a couple of yards behind me.
Then again, something happened. Something was said to him and he just turned across to the individual and after that he was pushed. He barely gained his balance and he turned to see as to what is happening. And on the basis of that he is fined."
The Indian media informed manager Dev that they were being thwarted by the media manager whenever questions are asked about the Pushgate controversy. Dev responded by saying that the matter will be taken up in the Board.
Meanwhile, Dhoni continues to be livid. "How can I show my face to Jadeja or any other player in the team? I keep telling them not to retaliate (to on-field confrontations) but they can turn around and tell me that their self respect is at stake now.
Jadeja didn't say a word to when somebody pushed him. He just looked at him because I told him not to say anything," said the captain.