Ravindra Jadeja: The left-handed batsman has given the Indian bowlers what they needed to defend a competitive total in Canberra.
During the first T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Canberra, India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja scored a career-best 44* (23) with the help of five fours and a six to power India to 161/7 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first by Australia captain Aaron Finch.
Coming in to bat at No. 7 in the 14th over, Jadeja had found his team in trouble with the score being 92/5. Having taken a few overs alongside batsman Hardik Pandya to get his eyes in, Jadeja’s stood tall on his potential when India needed him the most.
With India losing Pandya (16) in the 17th over, Jadeja took the onus of finishing the innings upon himself. Picking out Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood in the penultimate over, the southpaw hit Hazlewood for three fours and a six to turn the momentum towards India.
Jadeja, who was suffering due to a hamstring trouble in the same over, continued to bat to hit a couple of fours off Australia spearhead Mitchell Starc in the final over.
Despite wicket-keeper batsman Lokesh Rahul scoring 51 (40) with the help of five fours and a six, India struggled significantly in the middle overs after losing wickets at regular intervals.
Had it not been for Jadeja’s heroics, India would have failed to cross the 150-run mark. With bowling figures of 4-0-22-3, Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques registered career-best bowling figures whilst playing a T20I after more than three years.
Twitter reactions on Ravindra Jadeja:
Brilliant Jaddu @imjadeja
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 4, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 4, 2020
He’s called Sir Ravindra Jadeja for a reason!
Slayed it with a quick-fire 44 🔥
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 4, 2020
This is India’s best chance to bat Ravindra Jadeja in the top six. He’s in serious batting form, and they can afford to in T20Is. Left hander, sixth bowling option. If you don’t do it now, when will you! #AUSvIND
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) December 4, 2020
His improvement as a batsman is one of the best things to happen to Indian cricket in the last year and a half. @imjadeja yet again giving India something to bowl at and with the injury it is all the more a special effort.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 4, 2020
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