Calcutta: On and off the field, it’s war between the teams.
Alastair Cook and his men have been backing James Anderson to the hilt. It’s exactly the same with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys where Ravindra Jadeja is concerned.
So much so that a top source of The Telegraph, currently in Southampton, has informed this Reporter that Jadeja’s decision to appeal against the Level I fine (imposed by Match Referee David Boon) was wholly influenced by the “sentiments” within Team India.
“It was, in effect, a complete team decision... I can’t get into details, but the seniors strongly felt Jadeja should appeal and everybody endorsed that,” the top source said, on Thursday evening.
The top source is, of course, part of Team India.
Clearly, the lead must have been taken by captain Dhoni, whose blunt views on the matter are out in the public domain.
The Board, for its part, has been extending full support and its lawyers have got into the thick of it all.
That the mood within the team is one of anger towards Anderson and the general attitude of some Englishmen was, in fact, reported in these columns back on July 17.
Rather livid, a senior member of Team India had then commented: “Angrez logon ka raj khatam ho gaya hai... Ended in 1947. They can’t get away with whatever they want to do.”
England spearhead Anderson’s hearing and Jadeja’s appeal will both take place on Friday afternoon (from 1.30 pm IST), in Southampton.
The charge against Anderson is in the Level III category and, if found guilty of abusing and pushing all-rounder Jadeja, during the first Test, at Trent Bridge, he’ll be banned.
That would only worsen relations between the teams and add spice to the last two Tests of the five-match series.
Right now, it’s 1-1.