Reports | Ravindra Jadeja applied pain-relief cream to finger, confirms India’s team management
Ravindra Jadeja applied pain-relief cream to finger.|
As per ESPNCricinfo, the Indian team has informed ICC match referee Andy Pycroft that Ravindra Jadeja was applying pain-relief cream to the index finger of his bowling hand on Day 1 of the first Test against Australia. The controversy began after a video of Jadeja went viral on social media.
In video footage that surfaced on social media on Wednesday, Ravindra Jadeja was seen taking a substance off the back of Mohammed Siraj's palm with his right hand. The left-handed all-rounder then appeared to rub this substance onto the index finger of his left hand, with which he bowls, just before the beginning of a delivery. Although Jadeja was not seen rubbing anything on the ball at any point in the footage, there were bizarre allegations against him by numerous Australian media organisations, especially because he claimed 5/47 to help India skittle the visitors for 177 on Day 1 of the first Test in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur.
However, ESPNCricinfo confirmed the Indian team management has already told Andy Pycroft, who is currently working as match referee in the Nagpur Test, what actually happened. Pycroft was satisfied with their explanation and assured the Indian team there won’t be any punishments for the incident.
“ESPNcricnfo has learned that immediately after play ended on the first day, Jadeja along with India captain Rohit Sharma and the team manager, were shown a video clip of Jadeja's actions. Pycroft, it is understood, wanted to just inform them about the incident and no charge has been laid against Jadeja,” a report read.
“The Indian team management has told ICC match referee Andy Pycroft that Ravindra Jadeja was applying pain-relief cream to the index finger of his bowling hand in the video clips widely circulated on social media on the first day of the Nagpur Test against Australia.”
It was Jadeja’s first international match after five months in Nagpur, where he spun a web around the Australian batters. He injured himself during the Asia Cup campaign last year in the UAE, where India failed to qualify for the final.
Surely Jadeja wouldn't be putting anything on his fingers and ball to get more spin would he? pic.twitter.com/IidBbHS5NY— The ACC (@TheACCnz) February 9, 2023
Tit for tat?
This is absolutely shocking!— The Cricket Podcast (@TheCricketPod) February 9, 2023
Jadeja is quite clearly applying a magic potion to his finger here, which has tricked the Australian's into forgetting they can use their bats.
12 month ban. Now. #AUSvINDpic.twitter.com/dukRDR1sni
Refuted the claims
FYI @FoxCricket - The Indians have refuted your claims, saying Jadeja was applying pain-relieving ointment (which you can see, & spinners do have sore fingers). Come out with something new now - pitch, DRS and now this, in on the 1st day of the series @imjadeja #INDvAUS #BREAKING https://t.co/CZOy4HBPga— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) February 9, 2023
Ravindra Jadeja was applying ointment for sore fingers. That’s the story. #INDvsAUS— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) February 9, 2023
Need CIA here?
If Jadeja isn't applying that substance -- received from a teammate's wrist -- to the ball, then he is almost certainly applying it to his spinning finger, which, like the rolls of elastoplast on Warner's many fingers whilst fielding, is completely fkd. #INDvAUS— Battling Lefty (@murzo_4) February 9, 2023
Australian media accusing Ravindra Jadeja of ball tampering.— Sharat Chandra Bhatt (@imsbhatt0707) February 10, 2023
Seriously, why would he tamper the ball when he’s getting the turn from the surface.
Ravindra Jadeja applied ointment on his spinning finger due to soreness, this was a pain relief cream.#BorderGavaskarTrophy2023
They need this!
We trust our player not to do this 😎 @BCCI— cricket_info_07 (@CRIC_FAST_INFO) February 10, 2023
Ravindra Jadeja was applying ointment for sore fingers.
🙊 You will don't speak unless you know @CricketAus #INDvAUS #MohammedSiraj #Siraj #RavindraJadeja #BallTampering @imjadeja @mdsirajofficial pic.twitter.com/1atYHS4dxa
Jadeja takes substance from teammate hand then applies it on his left index finger used to grip the ball. Indian media reports it was ointment for sore finger😆— Walt D. (@MiRandB13) February 9, 2023
ICC: players can't use artificial substance on the ball, up to match officials to deem if any action should be taken 🤣
Questions all around
Australia vs India: Ravindra Jadeja uses ointment on finger, ball tampering questioned, Michael Clarke’s verdict == questions about surreptitious actions on the field with Kumar - and 5/47 bowling figures ? ? certainly brings a few questions to the fore— DBLE david (@DavidDble) February 9, 2023
Remember old days
“Jadeja was using ointment for a callused finger.”— Ahan (@AhanCricket) February 9, 2023
Oh really? Just like Bancroft was using sandpaper for a itchy nutsack!