After a long injury layoff, Ravindra Jadeja’s comeback is becoming better every day. In the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Sunday, the left-arm spinner helped Australia to a humiliating defeat by six wickets, giving the hosts a 2-0 Test series lead. He came back with 7/42, the greatest stats of his career. Following Australia’s batting collapse in the morning session due to an overused sweep shot on a challenging New Delhi pitch, Jadeja and colleague spinner Ravichandran Ashwin assisted in the removal of the tourists for 113 runs.
In the second innings on Sunday, Jadeja bowled 12.1 overs and grabbed 7 wickets. Three wickets were taken by Ashwin in his 16 overs of bowling. Axar Patel, the third Indian spinner, only bowled one over because of the duo’s dominance.
“I won’t have a chance to bowl, sir. Really, do you not want me to bowl? Is that the reason behind your outstanding bowling?” Axar Patel explained to Ravindra Jadeja in a video that was posted on bcci.tv as the two began to giggle.
“If the pitch is as good in India, it feels great. The duties and work of a spinner increase. They like sweep and reverse-sweep because of their batting style. So, I made an effort to bowl at the stumps. If they didn’t catch it, the pitches that stayed low would crush the stumps. Thankfully, that happened today. In five of the dismissals, the ball was heard clearly striking the stumps.”
After the four-match series, the hosts will still hold the Border-Gavaskar trophy because they easily reached their win target of 115 in the second session.
They have won their past three series against Australia, and they are about to qualify for the World Test Championship final.