LONDON: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisted yesterday his side had been right to complain about the conduct of England’s James Anderson.
England seamer Anderson was charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday for allegedly “abusing and pushing” India’s Ravindra Jadeja during last week’s drawn first Test at Trent Bridge.
If the charge is upheld, Anderson could be banned for as many as four Tests.
The ICC confirmed later Wednesday that England had charged Jadeja in response.
England captain Alastair Cook suggested at a pre-match press conference at Lord’s, ahead of today’s second Test, that India’s complaint had been a deliberate tactic to get Anderson banned from the rest of the five-match series.
However, Dhoni while speaking later at Lord’s said: “We felt what happened was wrong so we went ahead with the charges.
“It’s not something that we have done. Let’s realise the fact.
“In a press conference you can ask me tough questions.
“I have the right to answer them or not to answer them, but in no way can I go and touch you or you can come and touch me,” the wicketkeeper-batsman added.
Dhoni added: “It was good on Jadeja’s part to not really do something.
“It could have gone a bit far, but I felt he addressed this in the most appropriate manner.
“Someone has to back off at the right time. At the end of the day we play sport and lot of people look up to us, and there is a lot of responsibility on us.”
Earlier yesterday, Cook accused India of making a “mountain out of a molehill” in an effort to try to get Anderson banned.
“I think so, I think that’s pretty much where it’s come from,” Cook said.
“It’s probably a little bit of a tactic by India.
“For Jimmy, all the lads will rally round him. He’s a stalwart of our side.”
Cook added he believed completely the version of events that Anderson had told him but that, under ICC regulations, he could not reveal the conversation.
The incident involving Anderson and Jadeja is said to have happened after the players left the field for lunch on Thursday’s second day, when the Indian was batting, and taken place as the teams entered the narrow corridor of the Trent Bridge pavilion.AFP