Ravindra Jadeja was unquestionably the highlight of India’s first Test against Australia. On Day 1, the 34-year-old all-rounder was outstanding with the ball, picking up a five-wicket haul and putting a hole in the Australians’ plans, who only managed 177 in the first innings.
On Day 2, Jadeja delivered with the bat as well, striking a brilliant 70 off 185 balls. His contribution was critical to the Indian team scoring 400 runs. After that, Jadeja claimed two wickets in Australia’s second innings as India won the match by innings and 132 runs.
But, Jadeja’s performance was not the only item that grabbed attention. On Day 1, the 34-year-old was seen applying pain-relieving ointment to his left hand’s index finger, which sparked outrage. Jadeja was found guilty of violating the Code of Conduct, according to an official statement issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
For violating Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct, the Indian all-rounder would be penalised 25% of his match pay. Moreover, a demerit point was added to his disciplinary record. Jadeja confessed to the crime, which is why no formal hearing was necessary.