The rivalry between India and Australia produced another interesting chapter during the third day of the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala.
During the first session of day 3 of the fourth Test, Indian batsmen Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha were turning the game in India’s favour. Jadeja looked dangerous and was threatening to take the game away from the visitors. In a ploy to unsettle the all-rounder, the Australians began to sledge as wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and skipper Steve Smith got involved in a war of words with Jadeja. It all began with Wade saying something to the Indian all-rounder and the entire episode was heard on the stump mic.
Jadeja: *Says something inaudible*
Wade: Say it when you come down here, mate.
Umpire Ian Gould: Woah woah woah! 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 his team-mate bursts out laughing loudly)
Gould: All right, let’s finish now 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 haan (referring to Jadeja’s sword-wielding celebration)
The conversation moves to the next over where Jadeja is now on strike…
Jadeja: I don’t understand why the Australian selectors pick you (Wade) for Test matshes.
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 starts walking to the other end of the pitch saying, “Well bowled Gary. You’re good in all conditions.” He then reaches his spot and says, “These two will play. Like every other time they go overseas.”