Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said that letting off James Anderson sends out the wrong message. Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja were involved in an altercation during the first Test at Trent Bridge last month, but none of them were found guilty.
Dravid said, “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. 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.”
Dravid added, “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. 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 lets move on` or `lets 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.”