IND vs. AUS 1st Test: Australian Media Accuse Ravindra Jadeja Of Tampering With The Ball

The sensational five-wicket haul by Indian star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja hasn’t gone over well with Australian media after they accused him of ball tampering in the first Test. Australia was bowled out for 177 on the first day of the Nagpur Test on Thursday (February 9), with Jadeja taking five wickets. When Tim Paine brought up the matter, the Indian player was then charged by the media with tampering with the ball by using a painkiller, and former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted about it as well.

The ball-tampering case: what is it?

The first Test match was being played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur when Ravindra Jadeja made a brilliant comeback, picking up five wickets against Australia in the first innings. However, the left-arm spinner’s comeback was marred by controversy due to accusations of ball tampering against him.

When did the incident occur?

Australia was 120/5 in the 46th over of Day-1, with Alex Carey and Peter Handscomb batting at the crease when Jadeja took the ball in his hand. He was seen briefly interacting with pacer Mohammed Siraj and taking some ointment or vaseline. That thing was seen on the all-finger. The Australian media perceived Jadeja rubbing the ball, while Tim Paine and Michael Vaughan accused the Indian Cricket Team of wrongdoing.

“What is he doing with his spinning finger? Never seen anything like this… #INDvsAUS, “Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted his support.

“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. #INDvAUS,” tweeted Fox Cricket.

Tim Paine also adds.

Tim Paine, a former Australia Test captain, observed what Jadeja was doing before one of his overs.

India bowled out Australia for a meagre 177, largely thanks to Jadeja’s outstanding performance of 5/47. While Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami each took one wicket, Ravichandran Ashwin also took three wickets. Indian cricketers responded by scoring 77/1 at the end of Day 1 and trailing Australia by 100 runs with nine wickets remaining.

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