New Delhi. The cricketer, who was away from the field for 5 months due to injury, won the Player of the Match award in 2 consecutive Test matches as soon as he returned. Do you remember the last time this happened? When was the last time Ravindra Jadeja did something amazing in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia? Take the matter of Delhi Test. This left-arm spin bowler tied the legs of the kangaroos when he was making big jumps for runs, playing sweep-reverse sweep. There is no doubt that Ravindra Jadeja remained the player of the week for the third week of February.
Not much time passed when Ravindra Jadeja posted a picture, in which he is standing with the help of crutches. The player who is known for his leopard-like agility in Team India, was taking support for each step. Well, there are no less ups and downs in cricket than in life. Well, the manner in which Ravindra Jadeja returned to the field after burying the injury, has been recorded in golden letters in the history of cricket.
Ravindra Jadeja took 10 wickets in the second Test match played against Australia in Delhi. Without juggling statistics, it can be easily understood that Australia’s team was all out twice in the Delhi Test match. Once out of these, Ravindra Jadeja alone tied his sack-bed.
But even this does not completely explain the performance of Ravindra Jadeja. To understand this, it would be necessary to know the game till the second day of the match. When the game ended on the second day of the Delhi Test, Australia’s score was 61 runs for one wicket in the second innings. The Kangaroos had scored these runs in just 12 overs. If the team which has taken the lead in the first innings, if it bats like this in the second innings, then the fans of the opposing team would have to worry. This was the reason that when the third day’s play started, everyone was saying that if Australia had batted well even for one session, the match could have got stuck. Even Akshar Patel, who scored the most runs in the first innings for India, had said that a target of 220 to 250 runs can be achieved on this pitch. It will be more difficult than this.
Australia made an aggressive start on the third day. His intention was to bring India under pressure by scoring fast runs. But India’s ‘cheetah’ did not like this trick of the kangaroos. Ravindra Jadeja laid his web of spin in such a way that 7 batsmen of Australia fell prey to him. Australia, which was once boasting of scoring 85 runs for 2 wickets, was piled on for 113 runs. Jadeja tied the feet of the Australian batsmen involved in the sweep-reverse sweep in such a way that 5 were clean bowled on his ball. Two batters walked after giving catches.
Ravindra Jadeja has proved by performing miraculously that he is one of the best all-rounders of this era. In 62 matches, scoring runs at an average of more than 36 and taking wickets at an average of less than 24 is such a success, for which the praise will be less. Ravindra Jadeja has taken 17 wickets and scored 96 runs in the first two matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test series. Now his eyes will be on the player of the series.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 21, 2023, 07:00 IST