Indian captain MS Dhoni has said that the ICC’s verdict against Jadeja was hurtful. It is worth noting that Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja had been fined 50% of his match fee after his altercation with England’s James Anderson on day 2 of the 1st Test between England and India.

Dhoni said, “To me, it is a very hurtful decision. A lot of things were neglected in judging the case. If you see, what exactly happened, the umpires called for lunch and we started walking. I don’t want to take any other individual’s name. We started walking, and the other individual started using foul language against Jadeja. I had to step in the middle. And by the time we reached the ropes I thought the thing has diffused. By the time we were going through the members’ area I was ahead of Jadeja. Jadeja was a couple of yards behind me. Again something happened. Something was told to him. And he just turned across to the individual, and after that he was pushed. And he barely gained his balance, and he turned to see as to what is happening. And on the basis of that he is fined.”

He added, “Allegation is of Level 2, and Jadeja gets punished under Level 1. The beauty of Level 1 is you cannot appeal against it. But BCCI and legal are working things out. We are definitely not at all happy with the verdict. I have dictated what the facts were.”