India vs. Sri Lanka: Ravindra Jadeja, batting 7th in the first innings of the Mohali Test, hit 175 not out, breaking Kapil Dev’s record for the highest Test score by an Indian batting at the position.
Jadeja is definitely one of the top all-rounders, says Rohit Sharma (AP Photo)
- Jadeja reached an unbeaten 175 in India’s first Test win over Sri Lanka
- Jadeja has averaged a 47.76 in tests since 2018
- Jadeja broke Kapil Dev’s record of 7th place in the Mohali test
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin praised Ravindra Jadeja, saying the all-rounder’s batting performance has taken a notch up in the recent past. Ashwin’s comments came after Jadeja shone with 175 points in India’s innings and a 222-run win over Sri Lanka in the first of a 2-Test series at Mohali.
Ashwin said Jadeja was batting a little low in the Indian Test team and would love to see him move up the batting order.
Jadeja didn’t bat out 175, his highest Test score in the first innings, as India announced 574/8 before turning to pick 9 wickets as Sri Lanka pooled for 174 and 178 in their two innings within 3 days at Mohali became.
Jadeja broke a Kapil Dev’s record for the highest score by an Indian batting 7th-ranked Test cricket. But the all-rounder had the opportunity to get double hundred in his first test Rohit Sharma revealed on Sunday that it was Jadeja’s call to explain the innings before day 2 tea.
He was only the 6th cricketer and the first Indian in 60 years to score over 150 and a 5-wicket haul.
“I think he’s really come a long way in the last four to five years. The number he hits with is a bit low in my opinion. His score has gone up a notch as he bats,” Ashwin said.
Jadeja has made crucial contributions with the bat both at home and abroad in the recent past. Since 2018, Jadeja has completed 1194 runs in 23 Tests with an average of 47.76, well above his career average.
He is one of the top all-rounders: Rohit Sharma
Skipper Rohit Sharma also said on Sunday that the team management is trying to take full advantage of Jadeja’s hunger for big points.
“For me he is definitely one of the best (all-rounders). Check out the achievements. To score 175 points without an out and win nine wickets in the game, he improves his game every time we see him.
“Also in the past, when we played in India, his contribution with the racquet was further down the line and took crucial wickets. You know, he seems to add a lot more to his game every time he plays. He is very hungry as you can see. This hunger is something that drives athletes to keep evolving. I see that clearly with Jadeja. He’s pretty hungry for success, for runs and for the team to perform well,” said Rohit.