Jibe about captaincy started Jadeja-Raina argument: report

Raina and Jadeja (file photo)

It's not uncommon to see friends in the Indian cricket team turn foes in the Indian Premier League. The recent episode between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir comes to mind. But it is rare to see two cricketers in the blue jersey having a go at each other.

Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja had a heated argument in the closing stages of the India-West Indies match in Port of Spain. What seemed to upset Jadeja was being denied two wickets with Raina being the culpable fielder on both occasions.

Earlier in the innings, Jadeja had missed out a wicket when Raina didn't go for a catch thinking wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik had it covered. This was followed by another mishit off Jadeja's bowling falling between Raina and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

Jadeja eventually took a wicket and angrily headed in Raina's direction. Raina didn't take a step back and the two had to split up. Ishant Sharma dragged Jadeja out of the argument while captain Virat Kohli took care of Raina.

Raina has captained India on two tours: the tri-series in Zimbabwe in 2010 and the ODI series in the Caribbean. But since then, Kohli has upped his stakes in the race to be MS Dhoni's successor.

The Sunday Express reports
that a jibe about Kohli getting the captaincy over Raina may have triggered the argument.

"Jadeja told Raina, 'Because you've lost the captaincy, you've also lost interest in fielding?' That's what started the fight," the newspaper quotes a team insider as saying.

Whatever their differences, Raina and Jadeja seemed to have sorted the out on the field as they walked off at the end of a game having a chat about it.

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