Here's what Ravindra Jadeja applied to his finger which Australian media calling a "ball-tempering"
Despite losing the toss, India got the upper hand over the visitors. It started in the very second over of the inning when Mohammed Siraj trapped Usman Khawaja for 1 run. It was followed by a brilliant delivery by Mohammed Shami to get rid of David Warner for 1.
Although Steve Smith (37) and Marnus Labuschagne (49) tackled hard and added a vital 82 runs for the third wicket. But Jadeja broke that partnership with a brilliant stumping by debutant KS Bharat to dismiss Labuschagne. After that, it was a cluster of wickets, and Australia got dismissed for just 177 runs.
Jadeja ran through the Australian batting order and ended up 5/47 on his return. It was his 11th five-wicket haul in his test career. Ravi Ashwin also bowled well for his 3/42. However, amid all the exciting cricket, one controversial video is creating chaos on the internet.
The video shows Mohammed Siraj handing something questionable to Jadeja. Later, the all-rounder was seen rubbing the ball with that substance. The Australian media is claiming that it was a matter of ball-tempering from the Indian team.
"Interesting."— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) February 9, 2023
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 https://t.co/APu2CrP3hI
The Australian media agency foxsports.com.au tweeted, "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."
It took place when the visitors were at 120/5. However, a source from the BCCI confirmed to PTI that it was an "ointment" for pain relief for Jadeja's sore finger. However, it was more of a brilliant comeback for the all-rounder after six months. After dismissing Australia for 177, India started with 77/1 at the stumps on Day 1 with Rohit Sharma unbeaten on 56.