The recovery of Ravindra Jadeja following a protracted injury layoff is improving every day. The left-arm spinner led Australia to a crushing defeat by six wickets in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Sunday, giving the hosts a 2-0 Test series lead. He returned with career-best figures of 7/42. After Australia’s batting collapsed due to an overdone sweep shot on a difficult New Delhi wicket in the morning session, Jadeja and fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin helped remove the tourists for 113 runs.
On Sunday, Jadeja bowled 12.1 overs and claimed 7 wickets in the second innings. In his 16 overs of bowling, Ashwin claimed three wickets. Due to the duo’s dominance, Axar Patel, the third Indian spinner, only bowled one over. Axar and Jadeja had an enjoyable conversation about that once the game was over.
“Sir, I won’t have the opportunity to bowl. Do you really not want me to bowl? Is that the cause of your excellent bowling? In a video that was uploaded on bcci.tv, Axar Patel explained to Ravindra Jadeja as the two started to chuckle.
“It feels fantastic if the pitch is like this in India. The responsibilities and job of a spinner expand. Because of their batting style, they favour sweep and reverse-sweep. I therefore attempted to bowl at the stumps. The deliveries that stayed low would smash the stumps if they failed to catch it. Fortunately, that occurred today. We clearly heard the ball hit the stumps in five of the dismissals.”
The Border-Gavaskar trophy will remain with the hosts after the four-match series after they romped to their win target of 115 in the second session.
They are currently on the verge of gaining a spot in the World Test Championship after winning their last three series against Australia.
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