Indian cricketer Virat Kohli was ecstatic with his team-mate Ravindra Jadeja’s performance against England in the fifth Test match at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday, July 2. The all-rounder slammed his third Test century, helping the Indian team to get to a commanding position in the first innings. He came out to bat when the side was in a bit of trouble and took up the responsibility to bail the team out.
Ravindra Jadeja walked out to bat at number seven with just 98 runs on the board. He partnered with Rishabh Pant and took India to a comfortable situation. The duo added 222 runs for the sixth wicket stand. Ravindra Jadeja kept the scoreboard ticking at one end, as Pant launched a counter-attack on the opposition.
In the seventh-ninth over, Matthew Potts bowled a short and wide outside off stump delivery. Ravindra Jadeja cut it past the square leg for a boundary. The all-rounder raised performed his “sword celebration” acknowledging the crowd’s applause. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and the whole Indian dressing were also overjoyed to see their teammate’s performance.
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Sir Jadeja brings out the sword once again ⚔️🔥
It's been a century of the highest order from #TeamIndia's star all-rounder 🤩💯
— Sony Sports Network (@SonySportsNetwk) July 2, 2022
Ravindra Jadeja managed 104 runs from 194 deliveries, including thirteen boundaries. This was his first overseas century and third overall in Test cricket. The all-rounder got out to James Anderson in the eighty-third over. He tried to go for a heave but missed the ball completely.
Ravindra Jadeja joins an elite list of Indian players with his century against England
Ravindra Jadeja achieved several records with his century against England in the fifth Test. His ton was only the fourth instance of any Indian number 7 or lower-order batter scoring two centuries in a calendar year. Kapil Dev (1986), MS Dhoni (2009), and Harbhajan Singh (2010) are the only Indian players who have achieved it earlier.
Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja’s century was the third instance of two-left-handed Indian batters scoring a century in the same innings. The first instance was Sadagopan Ramesh (110)-Sourav Ganguly (125) against New Zealand in Ahmedabad (1999). In 2007, Ganguly (239)-Yuvraj Singh (169) against Pakistan in Bengaluru also achieved the feat.