According to ESPNcricinfo, the Indian team has informed ICC match referee Andy Pycroft that Ravindra Jadeja was applying pain-relieving cream on the index finger of his bowling hand on the first day of the first Test against Australia. The controversy started after a video of Jadeja went viral on social media.
Reports Ravindra Jadeja applied pain-relieving cream on his finger, Indian team management confirms
In a video footage that surfaced on social media on Wednesday, Ravindra Jadeja is seen using his right hand to remove the substance from the back of Mohammed Siraj’s palm. The left-handed all-rounder was seen rubbing the substance on the index finger of his left hand just before the start of the delivery that he bowls. Although Jadeja is not seen rubbing anything on the ball at any point in the footage, several Australian media outlets have accused him of being awkward, particularly because he took 5/47. , Test in the Border Gavaskar Trophy at Nagpur.
However, ESPNcricinfo confirmed that the Indian team management has already told Andy Pycroft, who is currently officiating as the match referee in the Nagpur Test, exactly what happened. Pycroft was satisfied with his explanation and assured the Indian team that there would be no penalty for the incident.
ESPNcricinfo has learned that soon after the end of the first day’s play, a video clip of Jadeja’s actions was shown to Indian captain Rohit Sharma and the team manager along with Jadeja. It is understood that Pycroft only wanted to inform him about the incident and no allegation was made against Jadeja.”
“The Indian team management has told ICC match referee Andy Pycroft that Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling index finger is in pain, in video clips that were widely circulated on social media on the first day of the Nagpur Test against Australia. Was applying cream.
It was Jadeja’s first international match after five months in Nagpur, where he swung the net around the Australian batsmen. He injured himself during the Asia Cup campaign in UAE last year 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
This is absolutely shocking!
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
— The Cricket Podcast (@TheCricketPod) February 9, 2023
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