Ravindra Jadeja’s outstanding five-wicket haul helped the home team seize control of the first day of the first Test of the series between India and Australia in Nagpur. Ricky Ponting, a former Australian captain, has spoken on Nagpur’s playing field, which was widely criticised prior to the match.
When asked about the condition of the field, Ricky Ponting said he wasn’t at all shocked because India needed to build a turning track if they wanted to defeat the visitors in the current series. He believed that Australia’s choice to field two off-spinners gave the host team, which has three world-class spinners, the upper hand.
“I anticipated the wicket to play the way it has today. A few days ago, when I and everyone else took a look at it, the surface became the topic of much discussion. The greatest way for India to defeat Australia is to get ready with turning wickets.
“One, not just because our batters would struggle, but also because they will likely believe that their spinners are superior than Australia’s as well. Additionally, Australia is currently facing up against two right-arm off-spinners, one of whom is making his debut. India clearly has the advantage in that area. So I can see how that came about,” Ponting remarked in reference to the ICC review.
Jadeja, in my opinion, has a strong chance of taking the most wickets in this series overall: Ponting
Prior to the first Test of the series, Ravichandra Ashwin received a lot of attention, but it was Ravindra Jadeja, who was returning, who caused the most damage with the ball. With remarkable results of 5/47, the left-arm spinner defeated two of Australia’s top hitters, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.
Ponting evaluated Jadeja’s performance on the first day of the eagerly anticipated series and said the Indian star would end up with the most wickets if he can keep up his level of fitness.
“Because of how he Jadeja] bowls on those kinds of wickets – the pace, the line, and especially the way he pitches the ball to right-handers, where he always pitches it on the stumps, and one would turn and one would slide on, as we saw with the dismissal of Steven Smith today. He said, “I think he might very well be the leading wicket-taker in this entire series, assuming his body holds up and he can get through the four Test matches.