Examining Ravindra Jadeja’s Alleged Ball-Tampering Incident

Australia and India locked horns in this year’s Border Gavaskar Trophy (2023). The first test match was packed with action, but headlines were made for Jadeja’s alleged ball-tampering incident rather than his brilliant all-round performance.

India won its first test match against the Aussies at Nagpur by innings and 132 runs owing to the left-armer’s stellar show with both ball and bat but Jadeja’s alleged ball-tampering incident has managed to draw attention. Jadeja scored a vital 70 runs with the bat and picked up 5- 47 and 2- 34, in the first and second innings respectively. Thus, finishing with the match figures of 7-81.

Strange scenes are captured in between overs.

Apart from India’s dominance in the first test, of the three matches in the BGT due to its bowling attack’s brilliance but still controversy was created and criticism was drawn from the cricket fraternity for Jadeja’s alleged ball-tampering incident. The cameras captured the incident during the 46th over of Australia’s first innings on Thursday, February 9, when the left-arm spinner was seen applying a soothing ointment to his index finger. The footage showed Ravindra Jadeja taking a substance from Muhmmad Siraj’s palm and applying it to the index finger of his left hand.

Jadeja’s alleged ball-tampering incident raised many eyebrows, as it was perceived that the lotion might have been used to change the condition of the ball to obtain an unfair advantage. There were certain calls for accountability in this Jadega’s alleged ball-tampering issue.

The Indian team management later vehemently denied the incident and stated that the substance was nothing more than a cooling ointment for Ravindra Jadeja’s finger, which had swollen from gripping and throwing the ball.

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ICC Enquiry and found guilty of a breach of the ICC code of conduct.

The ICC held an inquiry into Jadeja’s alleged ball-tampering incident, and it was found that the left-arm spinner was guilty of a breach in Article 2.20 of the ICC Code for Players and Player Support Personnel, relating to the display of conduct that conflicted with the spirit of the game. Jadeja himself accepted the violation and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of the Match Referees.

 The match Referee was satisfied with the cream being used only for the finger and ruled out its use for changing the condition of the ball. The all-rounder was also fined 25% of his total match for a Level 1 breach in the code of conduct. The panel also added one demerit point to the disciplinary record of Ravindra Jadeja. 

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