Steve Smith disappointed with BCCI over Ravindra Jadeja-Matthew Wade sledge
Australian skipper Steve Smith has expressed his disappointment with BCCI over uploading a video which featured Ravindra Jadeja and Matthew Wade going after each other on day 2 of the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala.cricket Updated: Mar 28, 2017 15:00 IST
Australia cricket team skipper Steve Smith has expressed his disappointment with the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) for uploading a video which featured an intense sledging battle between Ravindra Jadeja and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. (HIGHLIGHTS)
In the post-match press conference, Smith said, “Little bit disappointed that the BCCI sieved through the archives to find a conversation that was happening on the field between Matthew Wade and Ravindra Jadeja. The fact that they have done it to us is disappointing.” (SCORECARD)
The incident between Wade and Jadeja happened on the second day when Jadeja was batting on 37 and India were close to wiping out the deficit. In the video, Wade was needling Jadeja as to why he was selected in the Indian team and asked for the meaning of a particular expletive.
In response, Jadeja said, “If you will start it…I will give it back to you.” At the end of the Day 2 press conference, Jadeja remarked in a very cheeky way that he had told Wade to come and have dinner with him after he lost.
Smith reasoned that sledging has taken place from both sides in the series. “What is said on the field should stay on the field. It has been a hard-fought series. The players are going to say things here and there and their emotions are going to be high as it should be in such a big series.
Plenty of heat in this series
The India vs Australia series has seen plenty of heat off the field. Ishant Sharma’s ‘Monkeygate’ in the Bangalore Test was just the start but the DRS fiasco saw tensions reach fever pitch.
India captain Virat Kohli accused Smith of ‘crossing the line’ and the Indian cricket team lodged a complaint with the ICC but it was dismissed. In the build-up to the Ranchi Test and Dharamsala Test, the Australian media launched a vicious campaign against Kohli.
The Jadeja-Wade sledging summed up the overall intensity in what was a closely fought series, but it could not stop India from regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and end the season on a high.