For the second day in a row of this first Test against Australia for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur, Ravindra Jadeja recorded a milestone as he brought up his 18th Test half-century.
On day 1 of this Test, which marked his comeback to international cricket after five months’ injury-forced layoff, Ravindra Jadeja rattled the Australians with a five-wicket haul, helping India bowl the visitors out for 177.
On Day 2, after skipper Rohit Sharma had celebrated his century and India had taken a lead while losing more than half their side, it was Ravindra Jadeja and his century partnership with Axar Patel that extended India’s lead past 100, and perhaps the pair has batted Australia out of the game.
By stumps on Day 2 in Nagpur, India have a lead of 144 runs, their total score being 321/7. Ravindra Jadeja is 66*(170) and Axar Patel is 52*(102). An Indian victory seems the most likely result at the moment.
Ravindra Jadeja brings his trademark sword celebration
With every milestone Ravindra Jadeja attains with the bat, the fans and the teams await the special sword celebration that has become his trademark over the year.
In Nagpur, too, the southpaw was as perfect in his sword celebration as assured he was in his batting throughout the day.
You can watch it here:
And the trademark celebration is here 😀😀@imjadeja 💪
Live – https://t.co/edMqDi4dkU #INDvAUS @mastercardindia pic.twitter.com/Q1TPXZVLfE
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 10, 2023
Ravindra Jadeja breaks Kapil Dev’s record
Not only Jadeja is being hailed by many as the current best Test all-rounder, but fans are also lining him up as arguably India’s greatest Test all-rounder. With his fifty, Jadeja went past the tally of four by Kapil Dev for a Test five-for and a fifty in the same Test.
Five wickets & 50+ Score in a Test (India):
- 5 – Ravindra Jadeja
- 4 – Kapil Dev
- 3 – Ravichandran Ashwin
His record in home conditions continues to become staggering.
Ravindra Jadeja in Home Tests since 2021:
- Tests: 4
- Runs: 311
- Batting Avg: 77.75
- 100/50: 1/2*
- Wickets: 20
- Bowling Avg: 14.70
- Best Bowling: 5/41
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