Indian limited overs’ skipper Mahender Singh Dhoni is well known for backing his players in thick and thin. Dhoni backs his players at all times with trust and confidence. This support gives them the ability to play at their best and also endows them with a sense of responsibility to perform well and one incident during India’s tour of England in 2014 proves that.
The incident took place in the first Test which was being played at Trent Bridge.
English pacer James Anderson was bowling the 118th over of India’s first innings with Ravinder Jadeja on the strike, while Dhoni was standing at the other end. The first delivery of that over was missed by Jadeja while trying to defend it. The ball swung a little and went into the keeper’s gloves. Anderson and English wicketkeeper Matt Prior went up for an appeal only to see umpire Bruce Oxenford turning it down. That was the root of the infamous sledging incident. Hurt by the decision, Anderson followed through near Jadeja and had a stare, the batsman replied in kind with a huge smile. Later the Indian allrounder claimed that while he was not fluent in English, he could still understand Anderson when he said to him, “what the f**k are you smiling at. I will knock your f**king teeth out in the dressing room”.
That was the last over before the lunch break. And when the players were returning to the pavilion there were words exchanged between Dhoni and Anderson. And Dhoni told Anderson that if he came to the Indian dressing room he, (Dhoni) “would squeeze the juice out of him (Anderson)”.
Anderson was later charged with a Level 3 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct after the Indian team alleged that he pushed Jadeja inside the pavilion as the players left the field for the lunch break.