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James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja ‘Pushgate’ incident: Prelude to bad blood?

James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja 'Pushgate' incident: Prelude to bad blood?
The Pushgate incident has now evolved into a full-fledged war between both sides © Getty Images

The Ravindra Jadeja-James Anderson ‘pushgate’ incident is a row that threatens to mar the whole tour. Back in 2008, the Harbhajan Singh-Andrew Symonds row blew up into a huge incident, which only made the tour a tough affair. Nishad Pai Vaidya writes that while the disciplinary proceedings may go on, it is important to get on with the game.

There has been an acrimonious build-up to the second Test at Lord’s as India and England play the charging game off the field. The alleged Ravindra Jadeja-James Anderson face-off during the Nottingham Test has now evolved into a full-fledged war between both sides. On one hand, India claim that Anderson abused Jadeja and pushed him, England have filed a “counterclaim” of sorts by claiming that the Indian all-rounder first charged at him. What is exactly going on?

There are many questions raised over the timing of the whole affair. It is said to have happened during the Test match, but only came into public knowledge on July 15. Even after the Test had ended, there was no inkling that an incident of this magnitude had taken place. In fact, even the media present at the venue had no idea. Arunabha Sengupta, CricketCountry’s chief writer, who is covering the England tour, was as surprised as any of us.

Is there some room for a misunderstanding? It is said that England were quite surprised by India’s charge. Skipper Alastair Cook said that India are making a mountain out of a molehill. Was it that serious? There is a possibility that Anderson may not have felt it was a huge issue, but to Jadeja it seemed a big deal. Of course, with such details shrouded in mystery and nothing very apparent, one can only resort to conjecture.

Earlier, the main bone of contention was the allegation that India waited until after the Test match and went on to report the offence a couple of days before the second game. But, it was later reported that India had filed a complaint 24 hours after the incident. Of course, on an overseas tour, you may need some time to ascertain the facts, talk to your players and then decide on the complaint. It seemed absurd when it came to light a few days ago, but the possibility of them filing their complaint 24 hours after the incident only strengthens the argument perhaps.

England, though, seem to have reacted to the whole affair by playing a similar card. It all seemed like an afterthought, a tit-for-tat move, only to add the spice ahead of the game. Now, both players seem to be in the dock ahead of this Test match. Though a hearing will take some time, the dark clouds of this alleged incident will hover over the game.

What about the long run? Remember 2008? The whole Harbhajan Singh-Andrew Symonds incident only disrupted the whole series and there was bad blood between the two sides. Sitting away from the whole affair, one can’t say who is the guilty party. But, it certainly doesn’t help matters on the field. Following that saga, one could see numerous incidents between both sides through the tour. One hopes, it doesn’t come down to that in the matches ahead. If any of them are guilty, they should be reprimanded. But, that is it! Get on with the game.

Complete coverage of the Ravindra Jadeja-James Andesron spat

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)

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