Anderson needs to be punished, says Rahul Dravid

"The message we've given out at the moment, the game has given out, is that it's okay to do this stuff"

“The message we’ve given out at the moment, the game has given out, is that it’s okay to do this stuff”

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Legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid has announced that England pace bowler James Anderson needs to be punished for the offensive language he used against India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

Anderson and Jadeja were involved in an altercation on the second day of the first Test in Nottingham when both teams were leaving the field for the lunch break.

Anderson recently admitted to calling Jadeja a “f***ing p**ck” and a “f***ing c**t” and even told him to “go to his f***ing dressing room”.

“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,” Dravid told ESPNcricinfo. “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 also pointed out that there is a big difference between sledging and a personal attack.

“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,” Dravid said. “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.

“But when you walk off the field abusing someone and making it personal, then I think that’s the danger when you do cross that line and things can happen where you get physical. So you’ve got to be very careful when you cross that line, and sort of stay within what is acceptable behaviour.”

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