Saturday 26 July 2014 

Video - Dhoni Says Jadeja Decision Is 'Hurtful'

Watch as Indian captain MS Dhoni describes the decision taken by the International Cricket Council to find Ravindra Jadeja guilty of a breach of the ICC Code of Conduct as 'hurtful'.

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Jadeja was fined 50 per cent of his match fee by match referee David Boon for his part in an altercation with James Anderson at Trent Bridge during the first Test against England.

Jadeja was charged with a breach of Level 2, while Anderson faces a hearing on 1st August into a more serious breach of Level 3 of the Code of Conduct.

In his press conference ahead of the third Test, Dhoni made it clear that he is unhappy that his player has been punished.

"To me, it is a very hurtful decision, frankly, because I felt a lot of things were neglected in judging the case," Dhoni began.

"If you see, what exactly happened, the umpires called for lunch and we started walking. I don't want to take any other individual's name.

"We started walking, and the other individual who again used foul language against Jadeja. I had to step in the middle, and by the time we reached the ropes I thought the thing has diffused.

"By the time we were going through the members' area I was ahead of Jadeja. Jadeja was a couple of yards behind me. Again something happened. Something was told to him. And he just turned across to the individual, and after that he was pushed.

"And 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 punishment handed to Jadeja came under a clause relating to 'conduct contrary to the spirit of the game'.

"It was said that it was against the spirit of the game, and everything," Dhoni continued.

"What we have to see is, we can't ignore what has happened. If someone is saying something to you from behind and you just turn and you look, that is not aggressive.

"Especially the fact that the bat was under his armpit throughout - right from lunch till he entered the dressing room.

"Not one word was spoken by him. So I feel that a lot of things were neglected. It's for you guys to decide the things I am saying and if I have not lied.

"When it comes to the factual matter, whether Jadeja - whatever he did - was not aggressive. I don't think there was even a little bit of aggression in that, and that is the reason why I am very hurt by the verdict that has been given. I think that's very important."

Meanwhile, speaking about matters on the field, Dhoni says it is important that he and his team make a good assessment of the pitch at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs