Anderson told Jadeja: I’ll come and break your f***ing teeth

Indian skipper M S Dhoni intervened and dared Anderson to do it, if he was ready to face the consequences.

Written by Sandeep Dwivedi | Southampton | Updated: August 3, 2014 12:19 pm
‘Jadeja didn’t react to Anderson’s abuses’ ‘Jadeja didn’t react to Anderson’s abuses’ (Source: AP) 

An abusive England pacer James Anderson had threatened to walk into the Indian dressing room and break all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s teeth during the incident that happened in the corridor approaching the dressing room at Trent Bridge last month.

This has emerged from the hearing of the incident on Friday, where judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis found Anderson and Jadeja not guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct.

During the hearing, Anderson confessed to pushing and abusing Jadeja but insisted that the physical contact was an instinctive reaction, a move in self-defence as the Indian all-rounder had moved aggressively towards him.

The Indians who testified at the hearing said Jadeja did not react at all to the string of abuses that Anderson directed at him towards the end of the second session during the first Test.

Going by the cross-examination and witness statements, it is learnt that the following sequence of events unfolded at Trent Bridge. It started with Anderson repeated calling Jadeja “f***ing c**t, f***ing p**k” as the players left the field for lunch on day 2 of the first Test. Once in the corridor before the dressing room, things came to a boil.

When Jadeja turned towards Anderson, he pushed him and said, “Go to your f***ing dressing room. I’ll come there and break your f***ing teeth.”

By then, Indian skipper M S Dhoni intervened and dared Anderson to do that, if he was ready to face the consequences.

It has also come to light that one of the field umpires said at the hearing that he had intervened when Anderson had started abusing Jadeja on the field. The umpire had asked the England pacer “not to utter any other word”.

Meanwhile, coach Duncan Fletcher said at the hearing that the ECB, through their officials, had tried to cut a deal with him. They wanted India to bring down the charges from Level 3 to 2.

It is also understood that the conflicting statements by the witnesses from either sides, combined with the lack of visual evidence — there was no camera in the corridor where the incident took place — was the reason behind Anderson being let off the hook and the judicial commissioner squashing the Level 3 charges. The written verdict will be out within 24 hours.

The Indian board can’t appeal this decision. According to the norms, it is only the ICC’s chief executive who can ask for a fresh review of a dispute for which the verdict has been given by a judicial commissioner.

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  1. Haridas Rao
    Aug 3, 2014 at 3:19 am
    It is obvious that a deal has been done behind the scenes by the ICC,BCCI & ECB for reasons best known to the persons who run these organisations.
    1. S
      Aug 4, 2014 at 7:04 am
      If this arrogant ... gets away with no punishment, then it will once again prove that the White man is above law. ECB cannot get away with the excuse of not having a CCTV footage. they are supposed to have one. If they don't, then even the ECB should be penalised.When was the last time an English or Australian cricketer punished for any ofence against an Asian team -- no marks of guessing.How many times an Indian or an Asian has been punished for much less against English or Australian teams - again no marks for guessing...What is Srinivasan doing as the ICC chief? apart from counting the moolah?If this had happened in India, even the Indian media (which takes great pride in being seen more English than the English themselves) would have castigated the Indian team.
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