Team denies Ishant-Jadeja ‘spat’

An animated conversation, spiced with finger-pointing, between Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, has been captured on camera and is doing the rounds. The Indian players were locked in an argument during the penultimate day of the second Test while Nathan Lyon, struck on the helmet by Mohammed Shami, sought medical assistance.

The host broadcaster has aired the video and the local papers, sniffing for a controversy, have proclaimed that not all is well within the Indian camp. Later the Indian team management issued a statement: “The incident between Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja was in no way a ‘fight’ and happened at the spur of the moment on the field. The management confirms that all is well between them.”

Clarification on Kohli and Paine

Meanwhile in keeping with the parallel sub-text of India-Australia matches, there have been reports in sections of the Australian media that Virat Kohli mocked Tim Paine.

The BCCI issued a clarification on its website stating “There are reports doing the rounds in the media and across social media platforms claiming India Captain Virat Kohli got involved in a banter with Australia Captain Tim Paine during the second Test at Perth. It is “assumed” that Kohli said, “I am the best player in the world and you are just a stand-in captain”. These claims were based on hearsay and the BCCI would like to bring to notice that no such words were spoken on the field by the Indian captain.”

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