The Indian team management sent out Ravindra Jadeja after the fall of Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket inside the first session on day 1 of the fourth Test. India after being sent into bat are tottering with their top-order dismantle by the England boalers. After ismissing the openers cheaply, They got the big wicket of Pujara as well before lunch.
Meanwhile, everyone, including the commentators was surprised to see Ravindra Jadeja walk out to bat ahead of Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant. There are various connotations to the promotion of Jadeja and Twitter was not able to keep calm once they saw the southpaw take the field ahead of the regular batters.
Twitter left shell shocked after Ravindra Jadeja’s promotion to No. 5
Jadeja over Rahane? Didn’t see that coming. #EngvInd
— Wear a Mask. Stay Safe, India (@cricketaakash) September 2, 2021
Your thoughts on Jadeja coming in at no.5?
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 2, 2021
— Manoj Dimri (@manoj_dimri) September 2, 2021
Jadeja to bat at 5 for India in the Test match.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 2, 2021
Rahane ki jagah Jadeja ko bheja
What does this tell you?#IndvsEng
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) September 2, 2021
Shastri locked Rahane in bathroom. #ENGvIND
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 2, 2021
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) September 2, 2021
Sunny G love for Rahane is unreal yaarr.. He believes Rahane isn't ready yet that's why they sent Jadeja to bat 😭
— Spidey (@MrStarksPeter) September 2, 2021
Indian skipper Virat Kohli addressed Ravichandran Ashwin’s exclusion from the playing XI s during the toss saying it was the team isn’t focused about one particular individual as this is a team sport.
“For us, it’s about partnerships, we can’t focus too much on individuals. The opening partnerships have been good, it’s about getting more partnerships. We got a few days left on this tour, the series is poised nicely and there is going to be no shortage of effort from our side” said Kohli.
Meanwhile, there are also thoughts that the team management t is protecting Rahane who have had a series to forget so far. Barring a 61 in the Lord’s test, he has been well below par with the bat. The management has again been questioned via the Twitterverse on their decision-making heading into the fourth Test.
Meanwhile, this is James Anderson’s 95th Test match at home. He surpasses Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 94 Tests at home which was the previous best. The veteran pacer was about to be rested as per reports but was finally included in the XI.