India spinner Ravindra Jadeja was fined 10 per cent of his match fee for an over-the-top send-off of Shane Watson in the series-deciding one-day cricket clash with Australia in Bangalore on Saturday.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) found Jadeja celebrated the decisive wicket of Watson with far too much gusto, charging him for “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match”.
At the end of India’s 57-run victory, which clinched a 3-2 series win over the visitors, Jadeja admitted the offence and accepted the ICC’s sanction.
“Jadeja’s reaction after dismissing Shane Watson was clearly in breach of the code as the players are always expected to respect their opponents, no matter what the match situation,” match referee Andy Pycroft said in a statement.
“Jadeja apologised for his action when on-field umpire Nigel Llong spoke to him immediately after the incident and reminded him of his responsibilities.”
India showed little empathy toward Watson, who batted at No.8 after tweaking his hamstring while the hosts amassed a total of 6-383.
Aside from Jadeja’s stern words after claiming his wicket, India opener Shikhar Dhawan mocked the oft-injured allrounder and his latest setback.
Dhawan impersonated a hobbled Watson, who struggled to run between the wickets and was clearly in pain.