Did the Ravindra Jadeja-James Anderson ‘Pushgate’ incident backfire on India?
The controversy threatens to derail India's plans for the Lord's Test.
The ‘Pushgate’ incident surrounding James Anderson (Right) and Ravindra Jadeja has left a bad taste in the series © Getty Images
By Arunabha Sengupta
Lord’s: July 17, 2014
A charge on disciplinary grounds has its own recoil. And one wonders if the Indian team is bearing the consequences of the allegations they have heaped on Jimmy Anderson.
With the England pacer accused of abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja while the teams were returning after the first session of the second day of the Trent Bridge Test, both the sides have to wait for the Judiciary Committee to decide whether Anderson is guilty or not. However, has the move by India added a constraint to their own plans for the Lord’s Test?
As one of the fallouts of the charge, Jadeja has been rendered almost a certainty in the side. The green wicket at Lord’s obviously ensured the retention of the four medium pacers – including Stuart Binny –who played in the Trent Bridge Test. There was perhaps the possibility of playing Ravichandran Ashwin as the spinning all-rounder, especially given that Jadeja did not really blaze away with either bat or ball at Nottingham. However, at the present moment, the option of replacing Jadeja has been taken out of the equation.
Even if such a replacement is carried out on strict cricketing grounds, there will be the hint of disciplinary action against the player. This will weaken India’s case and is obviously no longer an alternative for the visitors.
In retrospect one wonders if the complaint has actually worked in favour of England after all.
(Arunabha Sengupta is a cricket historian and Chief Cricket Writer at CricketCountry.He writes about the history and the romance of the game, punctuated often by opinions about modern day cricket, while his post-graduate degree in statistics peeps through in occasional analytical pieces. The author of three novels, he can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/senantix)