Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has revealed that he told Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade that he would meet him for dinner after his team lose the fourth Test of the ongoing series.
“I was telling him we'll catch up later for dinner after you lose the match,” Jadeja said in the post-match presentation.
During the morning session on Day 3 of the Dharamshala Test, there was a war of words involving the Saurashtra cricketer and Wade, who was later joined by his skipper Steve Smith, who referred to the all-rounder’s poor overseas record as a player. The umpire at the striker’s end – Ian Gould- intervened to ensure that play resumed in the middle.
Here is how the exchange of words took place between the players and the umpire:
Wade: Wait till you come down here (Jadeja was at the non-striker’s end) and say it.
Jadeja: *murmurs something*
Wade: Say it when you come down here, mate.
Ian Gould: Ahh! Excuse me. Ravindra! Come here. Now, there's no point in starting something.
Jadeja: If he starts it, I'll give it back. I don't care.
Wade: No no, now go on and get a selfie with him at the end of the game.
One of the close-in Aussie fielders (likely to be Smith) starts laughing.
Gould: Alright, let's finish please.
Wade: Put it on Instagram as soon as the game finishes.
Smith: You know this is his last Test for a while. They go away now.
Gould: Mate, are you going to stop that?!
Wade: Careful of that sword too, Gunner (Gould).
The over came to an end but the conversation didn’t end there. It resumed again in the next over.
Jadeja: I don't understand why the Australian selectors pick you (Wade) for Test.
Wade: Is that right? I don't understand why they pick you outside India.
Jadeja: You don't deserve to play in white clothes.
Wade: How come you don't get picked? Why is that?
Smith: You don't deserve to play anywhere but here.
Jadeja: I play in India.
Nathan Lyon bowls the last ball of the over.
Wade: Well bowled Gary. You're good in all conditions.
He then goes to the other end after the end of the over.
Wade: These two will play. Like every other time they go overseas."
It wasn’t the first time that Jadeja and Wade had been in the middle of a controversy. On Day 2 as well, Wade seemed to have told something to Jadeja and the left-hander replied by smashing the following delivery for a six.
In what proved to be an eventful day of action at the HPCA Stadium, the hosts added 84 runs before being dismissed for 332 on the stroke of lunch with Jadeja top-scoring with 63 runs and putting on a critical stand of 96 runs for the seventh wicket with wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha.
The bowlers then raised their game to dismiss the Australians for 137 with Jadeja picking up 3 wickets in an 18-over spell, conceding 24 runs. His spin partner- Ravichandran Ashwin- complemented him by taking 3 wickets as did Umesh Yadav, who showed further improvement with the ball.
At the end of the fourth day’s play, India found themselves at 19 for no loss, requiring 87 more runs to clinch the Border-Gavaskar series.