The much-awaited Test series between India and Australia started in Vidarbha Cricket Stadium in Nagpur on Thursday. On the first day of the game Indian team bundled visitors for 177 runs in the 1st innings. Australia who opted to bat first failed to hold their nerves and kept losing wickets a regular intervals. The team failed to post a good total on a spin-friendly wicket while the hosts with help of Rohit Sharma’s century took a crucial lead in the game.
Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja was India’s best bowler as he took five wickets in the 1st innings and dismissed the entire middle order of the Aussies. However, Jadeja was alleged of Ball Tampering by some Australian media houses.
A video of Jadeja is going viral on social media in which he can be seen applying something on his fingers just before bowling the over. In the video, Jadeja can be seen taking something from the back of the palm of Mohammed Siraj and applying it to his index figure of left hand. Notably, Jadeja is a left-arm bowler and he was holding the ball while adding that substance. However, he didn’t apply anything on the ball still some former Australian players and media houses found something fishy.
Here is the video of the incident
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India rebuts the allegations
As the issue intensified on Social Media match referee Pycorft brought the allegations to the attention of Indian team management. After the stump on Day-1 India Captain Rohit Sharma along with head coach Rahul Dravid and allrounder, Ravindra Jadeja went to meet the match officials and rebutted over the issue.
While speaking with the match officials the Indian team management promptly responded and confirmed that Jadeja had used pain relief and had not tampered with the ball in any way. Notably, Jadeja is making his comeback in international cricket almost after five months and he had sore fingers while bowling long spells.
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