Ravindra Jadeja became the only Indian pacer after Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni to represent India in at least 50 matches across all formats. The MCG test was Jadeja’s 50th Test match of his career. He played an important role with bat and ball as India drew level in the series. Apart from the left-hander, only Kohli and Dhoni are the two Indian cricketers to achieve this feat in the past. Meanwhile, Kohli was not available for this Test match after he was granted parental leave after India’s loss in Adelaide.
Taking to Twitter Ravindra Jadeja thanked the BCCI and his teammates Kohli and Dhoni on sharing this special landmark.
“It’s a great honour to join Mahi Bhai and Virat as the only others to have played 50 games across all 3 formats for India. A big thank you to the BCCI, my teammates, the brilliant support staff for showing faith in me and for always backing me. Onwards and upwards. Jai Hind” Tweeted Jadeja shortly after India’s win at the MCG.
Ravindra Jadeja Joins Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni in Special Landmark
It's a great honour to join Mahi Bhai and Virat as the only others to have played 50 games across all 3 formats for 🇮🇳 A big thank you to the BCCI, my team mates, the brilliant support staff for showing faith in me and for always backing me.Onwards and upwards. Jai Hind 🙏 pic.twitter.com/9tH5R5o5Ma
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) December 29, 2020
Jadeja scored 57 with the bat in the first innings and was involved in a 121-run stand with skipper Ajinkya Rahane and took India’s total to 326 in the first innings. It was his 15th Test fifty and one of the most crucial one for his team.
So far, Ravindra Jadeja has played 50 T20Is, 168 ODIs and 50 Tests for India, scoring 217, 2411 and 1926 runs respectively in the formats. Besides, he has claimed 216 wickets in Tests, 188 in ODIs and another 29 in T20Is for India.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has confirmed the Sydney Cricket Ground as the venue for the third Test. Rohit Sharma is likely to make a comeback in the game. However, a final decision on the same will be made before the Test match.