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Dhoni hurt by verdict

Southampton: Not only the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), even captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is dissatisfied with the ICC imposing a fine on Ravindra Jadeja for the much talked about spat with James Anderson during the Trent Bridge Test.

Speaking at a pre-match media conference, on Saturday, Dhoni said: “To me, it’s a very hurtful decision. Frankly, I feel a lot of things were neglected in judging the case.”

Dhoni went on to explain the incident. “If you see what exactly happened… The umpire called lunch and we started walking… I don’t want to take any individual’s name, but one used foul language against Jadeja. I had to step in... Then, when we were going through the members’ area… I was ahead of Jadeja, who was a couple of yards behind me… again, something happened.

“Something was told to him, and he turned towards the individual. After that, he was pushed and he barely gained his balance. Then, he turned to see what was happening. On the basis of that, he has been fined. We were told it was against the spirit of the game… But we can’t ignore whatever has happened. If somebody is saying something to you from behind, and you just turn and look, that’s not aggressive,” Dhoni explained.

He further said: “I feel there were a lot of things that were neglected (while giving the verdict). I don’t think there was even a bit of aggression in that and that’s the reason I’m very hurt by the verdict given.”

“The BCCI and the legals are working things out… We are definitely not at all happy with the verdict. I have dictated what the facts were,” Dhoni summed up.