Australia accuses Indian all rounder of ball tempering during Nagpur Test
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was accused of ball tampering by Australian media on Thursday during the ongoing first Test in Nagpur.
Video footage of the incident went viral after Jadeja was seen rubbing a substance on his finger, which made the viewers believe that he was involved in ball tampering.
In the video, Jadeja was spotted taking a substance off the back of teammate Mohammed Siraj's palm with his right hand. He then rubbed the substance on to the index finger of his left hand just before getting into his delivery stride.
Despite having the ball in his hands, Jadeja was not seen rubbing anything on the ball itself.
The match referee Andy Pycroft also sought an explanation from the Indian team management regarding the incident. However, no charge was laid against the spinner.
The allegations were levelled when Australia had reached 120-5 in their first innings, with Jadeja having already bagged the wickets of Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw and Steven Smith.
However, Indian team management told AFP that Jadeja applied a pain-relief cream to his index finger and nothing untoward had taken place.