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Wrong message sent out in 'not guilty' verdict to Anderson: Dravid

August 08, 2014 08:44 IST

Wrong message sent out in 'not guilty' verdict to Anderson: Dravid

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'People are getting confused about the difference between sledging and actual what is abuse.'

Former India skipper Rahul Dravid slammed the 'not guilty' verdict given to James Anderson in the 'pushgate' episode, saying the game’s administrators have sent out a "wrong message" by letting off the

England pacer without punishment.

Dravid said Anderson, who allegedly pushed Ravindra Jadeja, warranted some reprimand, as evidence of abuse was clearly mentioned in umpire Bruce Oxenford's report.

"The message we've given out at the moment, the game has given out, is that it's okay to do this stuff (abuse), which I think is wrong. I think there needed to be some sort of action taken," Dravid told ESPNcricinfo.

"Some punishments needed to be handed out. We all know from Bruce Oxenford's report what Jimmy (Anderson) has said, the words that he's used. That is on the report and no one is denying the fact that there was that kind of abuse and England is claiming that Jadeja turned and so we must bring that into the equation as well, but at the end of all of this, we have seen no punishments handed out," he said.

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Image: James Anderson
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'We all know from Bruce Oxenford's report what Jimmy has said'

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The infamous ‘pushgate’ incident took place as the players were leaving for lunch during the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge.

India had filed a Level 3 offence charge against Anderson for pushing Jadeja but England resorted by filing a Level 2 charge against the Indian all-rounder, arguing that he had allegedly wheeled around aggressively prompting Anderson to act in self-defence.

However, with no video evidence and with testimony from both sides being "hopelessly biased", judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis found both Anderson and Jadeja not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct at a hearing in Southampton last week.

A miffed Board of Control for Cricket in India later requested ICC CEO Dave Richardson to appeal against the verdict of Lewis but, in yet another blow to India, the world body rejected their review plea on the Judicial Commissioner's verdict.

Dravid said it is known that Anderson loves to play the game in an "aggressive" way but at times England's premier fast bowler has failed to remain within the limit.

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Image: ames Anderson of England and Ravindra Jadeja of India during the second Test at Lord's
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'At times I think he has overstepped the line'

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"He (Anderson) is someone who, and I think he's spoken about it that 'I need to get motivated by being aggressive... .' But the problem is at times I think he has overstepped the line, he has gone over the mark. Whether it was in this case or not we will actually never know," the batting great said.

"You don't mind the odd sledging. People are getting confused about the difference between sledging and actual what is abuse here. And people have said 'oh let’s move on' or 'let’s walk away from this' but I think we can move on from sledging.

"We've been there, we've all played cricket games where you walk in and somebody uses the odd expletive when you get beaten and says 'any chance of you nicking one', you know 'your feet are stuck in cement' stuff like that. You could go on and on about stuff like that, I'm sure that's fine," he said.

"But when you walk off the field abusing someone and making it personal, then I think that's the danger when you do cross that line and things can happen where you get physical. So you've got to be very careful when you cross that line, and sort of stay within what is acceptable behaviour," Dravid added.


Image: Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson exchange words during Day 4 of the second Test between India and England at Lord's
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
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