Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja exhibited his brilliance with the bat, scoring a remarkable 87 in the opening Test against England held in Hyderabad. The left-handed batsman showcased his skills on Day 2, and despite being dismissed on Day 3 morning, he left an indelible mark on the match.
Jadeja’s innings comprised 87 runs off 180 balls, including 7 fours and 2 sixes. Notably, this performance marked his seventh 50-plus score against England in Test matches, a testament to his consistent excellence. Earlier in the game, he also showcased his prowess with the ball, claiming three wickets in England’s first innings.
Playing a pivotal role in India’s total score of 436, Jadeja’s partnerships with KL Rahul, KS Bharat, and Axar Patel were crucial. His 65-run collaboration with Rahul, a 68-run stand with Bharat, and a resilient 78-run partnership with Axar Patel frustrated the England bowlers and bolstered India’s position in the match.
Jadeja’s contributions extend beyond this match, as he has now accumulated 886 runs against England, maintaining an impressive average of 34.07. Remarkably, he has notched up more than 600 runs against any other team, showcasing his dominance against the English side.
In terms of overall Test performance, Jadeja has amassed 2,891 runs, boasting an average of 36.59. His record includes 20 fifties and three centuries, with the milestone of 7,000 first-class runs within reach, standing at 6,987 runs.
With the ball, Jadeja has been equally formidable, claiming 497 first-class wickets at an average of 23-plus, including 12 five-wicket hauls. Against England alone, he has scalped 54 wickets, showcasing his effectiveness with the ball.
As the match progresses, Jadeja aims to achieve the 500-wicket milestone, adding another feather to his cap. The hosts, led by fine performances from Jadeja, bowled out England for 246 and secured a significant 190-run lead in reply. The match dynamics promise further excitement, with Jadeja’s all-round prowess shaping India’s fortunes in the Test series.