Following India’s huge victory against Australia in the first test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy, Ravindra Jadeja has been imposed a fine by ICC. He’s been charged with using a soothing cream on his fingers during the match without letting the umpires know about it.
Ravindra Jadeja was charged by ICC for applying soothing cream on his fingers
Social media blasted on Saturday after spotting Ravindra Jadeja applying cream on his fingers. Some former Australian cricketers like Michael Vaughan also demanded answers regarding the action. He tweeted asking,
“What is it he is putting on his spinning finger? Never ever seen this.”
Later, the Indian officials insisted that Ravindra Jadeja was applying a soothing cream on his fingers to help his swelling. ICC also stated that no charges will be brought for this.
However, after the match, ICC fined the Indian all-arounder with 25% of the match fee and a demerit point as he didn’t let the umpires know about his cream application. According to an official statement,
“The India team management had explained that the finger spinner was applying the cream to a swelling on the index finger of his bowling hand. This was done without permission from the on-field umpires.”
Jadeja accepted the charge and the Match referee was satisfied too that the cream wasn’t used for any tampering but for medical reasons only.
Was the wicket unplayable?
Australia suffered a loss by an inning and 132 runs at Nagpur with Ashwin completing a five-wicket haul in the second innings. Jadeja had a dreamy comeback with an amazing performance with bat and ball, (70 runs and a total of 7 wickets) worthy enough to be declared the player of the match.
Aussies had complained about the pitch that it adhered to the host’s advantage. But India put up a mammoth 400-run total whereas the visitors couldn’t even get any close. After the match Pat Cummins, the visiting captain admitted that the pitch wasn’t “unplayable.”