Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who was commentating during the match, said, 'Who knows what they (Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja) are talking about but it does seem pretty animated. There was lots of finger pointing. They were separated on a couple of occasions'
Perth: On Tuesday, India lost the second Test to Australia and it has emerged that two Indian players were involved in an altercation during the fourth day’s play on Monday.
Australia completed a comfortable 146-run victory on the fifth and final day to level the four-match series 1-1. The third Test starts in Melbourne on December 26. The fourth and final Test will be played in Sydney from January 3.
With India already reeling under the loss and worrying about their batting form, here comes another piece of bad news – infighting in the team.
The Australian broadcaster 7 Cricket tweeted footage of substitute fielder Ravindra Jadeja and bowler Ishant Sharma having a 90-second argument on the field.
Both were pointing fingers at each other and it was not clear what the issue was. It was during Australia’s second innings on Monday.
It took Mohammed Shami and another Indian substitute to separate the duo.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who was commentating during the match, said, “Who knows what they are talking about but it does seem pretty animated. There was lots of finger pointing. They were separated on a couple of occasions.”
According to the broadcaster, Ishant and Jadeja were speaking in Hindi and it was “colourful” to be shown on TV.
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"They came back together again late and then Shami gets involved. He was just waiting at the top of his mark waiting to bowl. Things have, obviously, got a little bit heated between these two.
"Remember, Jadeja is just the substitute fieldsman. Ishant, probably in the middle of a bowling spell, might have wanted him at mid off or mid on - who knows what it was.
"Not just between Australia and India, but also looks like a little bit on in-fighting between the Indians,” Ponting added.
The Indian team management said the incident happened at the spur of the moment and everything was fine between Ishant and Jadeja.
This is not the first time that Indian players were involved in heated arguments with each other. In the past too, Jadeja was seen having a go at Suresh Raina during a One Day International.
With relation to vision aired on our coverage today Indian team management have tonight told 7Cricket that the incident between Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja happened at the spur of the moment and management confirms that all is well between the two.— 7 Cricket (@7Cricket) December 18, 2018
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Last Updated Dec 18, 2018, 5:04 PM IST