Playing an international game after five months of recovery, India’s prolific all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja marked a remarkable return as he rattled Australian batting in the first Test match in Nagpur.
The left-hander picked five crucial wickets in the game as he dismissed - Marnus Labuschagne (49), Steven Smith (37), Matt Renshaw (0), Peter Handscomb (31), and Todd Murphy (0) - and helped the hosts to bundle out Australia for just 177 in the first innings.
Jadeja returned with the figures of 5/47 and ensured the visitors could not make the most of the day. Meanwhile, a video featuring Ravindra Jadeja from the game is being widely circulated on social media where Jadeja appeared to have taken something from Md. Siraj on his right hand ahead of one of his over.
As the broadcast camera focused on the all-rounder, it seems as if Jadeja rubbed something on his bowling finger. “What do you think of this @tdpaine36 Looks like one player giving grippo to the bowler and him rubbing it all over his spinning finger to me. Thoughts?” wrote one of the Twitter users tagging former Australian captain Tim Pain in the conversation. Meanwhile, Pain too reacted to the video as the Aussie wicket-keeper batter termed the video ‘Interesting.’
While speaking after the first innings, Jadeja revealed how he used to bowl for 10 to 12 hours a day at NCA in Bengaluru to prepare himself for the Test series. “I would suggest everyone that being confident of your skills and potential is the most important thing while making a recovery from an injury. I used to bowl for 10 to 12 hours a day. Engaged into a tough session and stayed positive throughout,” said Jadeja.