Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s fantastic knock against England put India in a commanding position in the fifth Test match at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. He slammed 104 runs off 194 deliveries including thirteen boundaries. This was his third century in Test cricket for India. Following his knock on Saturday, the allrounder took a dig at James Anderson.
The England pacer had stated while speaking to the press post the second day’s play, that Ravindra Jadeja’s ability to leave the deliveries has made things difficult for the bowlers. He stated that in the past Jadeja used to bat at number 8. However, now, batting at number 7, he looks like a proper batter.
“In the past, he was coming at 8, a bat with the tail so he had to chance his arm a little bit, whereas now at 7 he can bat like a proper batter. He leaves really well and made it difficult for us,” Anderson said.
Reacting to James Anderson’s statement, Ravindra Jadeja expressed that he always tries to set a partnership at the crease. He added that James Anderson has realized the all-rounder’s potential after 2014. Interestingly, Jadeja and Anderson were involved in an on-field spat during India’s tour of England in 2014.
“See, when you score runs, everyone says they think of themselves as a proper batter. But I’ve always tried to give myself time at the crease, to set a partnership with whoever is at the crease, to play with him. It’s nice Anderson has realized that after 2014,” said Ravindra Jadeja.
Ravindra Jadeja put together 222 runs with Rishabh Pant for the sixth wicket. The duo’s partnership bailed India out of trouble and put them in a strong position. The visitors managed 416 runs in their first innings, on the back of Jadeja-Pant’s partnership.
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If you know where your off-stump is, then you can leave the balls outside that line: Ravindra Jadeja reflects on his knock
Ravindra Jadeja slammed his first overseas century on Saturday against England at Edgbaston. He expressed that in English conditions, when the ball swings, playing a cover or square drive has risk involved. Jadeja stated that picked the deliveries that were there to be hit for boundaries. Reflecting on his century, Ravindra Jadeja said,
“My thought was only to hit the ball that was really close to me and to hit it straight. Luckily, all the balls that I picked were in my areas, and converted them into boundaries. If you know where your off-stump is, then you can leave the balls outside that line.”