Ravindra Jadeja, popularly known as ‘Sir’ Ravindra Jadeja once again flourished with the bat, contributing 90 runs off 170 balls that included 10 fours and a glittering six. Coming in to bat at no.8, the Saurashtra all-rounder has once again proved his worth as his all-round skills have become a formidable asset for Team India. He missed his maiden international century by just 10 runs today. But his contribution has already put India in the driver’s seat in the ongoing Mohali Test. He may have missed his ton, but Jadeja left no stone unturned to taunt England further when he celebrated his 50 in his trademark style by swinging the bat like a ‘Rajput’ swings his sword in the battle-field!
“Being Rajput it is my trademark to enjoy success by swinging a bat, of course I can’t use sword on field,” Jadeja said. However, on the field, the crowds screamed in sheer joy when they saw his unique celebration that turned the knife towards the opposition side and put a smile on his India teammates faces and poured salt on the wounds of an already down-in-the-dumps England players. It was clear whom the message was meant for. However, no one has complained about it yet.
Apart from him, all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin contributed with an important knock of 72, the new-comer Jayant Yadav got a maiden half-century of 55 runs under tremendous patience, captain Kohli’s 62 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 51. “Right now we are focusing on our lower order as well, it is a bonus for team,” Jadeja told ANI. Team India’s lower order off late has come to the team’s rescue when the top and middle-order batsmen have failed to contribute. The contribution with the bat made by the lower half gives depth to the team’s batting, was what Sir Jadeja meant.