A still from the video where Ravindra Jadeja appears to be applying something on his fingers.© Twitter
Ravindra Jadeja put up a strong performance on his comeback as he picked a five-wicket haul on Day of the first Test against Australia in Nagpur. Jadeja did bulk of the bowling on the Jamtha dustbowl, earning his 11th fifer (5/47) in 22 overs that helped India skittle Australia out for a paltry 177 after the visitors decided to take the first strike in the series-opener. Ravichandran Ashwin, who probably dominated the Aussie mind space more than his spin colleague, got 3/42 in 15.5 overs and in the process completed 450 wickets in Test cricket.
At stumps, Rohit Sharma‘s counter-attacking 56 not out put India in complete command with hosts ending the day at 77 for one and trailing by 100 runs.
However, there seemed to be a controversy arising over a video where Jadeja appears to be taking something from Mohammed Siraj and applying the substance on his finger. Australian media outlet foxsports.com.au did a report and posted a tweet on the same with the caption: “Interesting. A debate has erupted after vision of a questionable moment was spotted during the first innings of the first Test between Australia and India.”
Vaughan tweeted the report and wrote: “What is it he is putting on his spinning finger ? Never ever seen this #INDvsAUS”
Even former Australia skipper Tim Paine commented on the video of the incident, with a single word comment: “Interesting”
— Tim Paine (@tdpaine36) February 9, 2023
However, a BCCI source told news agency PTI that it was an “ointment for pain relief for the sore finger”.
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