England vs India: Ravindra Jadeja hit his third Test hundred on Saturday to help India post a competitive total on Day 2 of the fifth Test in Birmingham.
England vs India: Ravindra Jadeja hits third Test hundred (AP Photo)
- Ravindra Jadeja scored his third Test hundred on Saturday
- Jadeja’s hundred piled more agony on the England bowlers
- Jadeja celebrated hundred in his inimitable sword-play style
Ravindra Jadeja continued his sensational return to the Indian team to hammer his third Test hundred and put India in a commanding position on Day 2 of the fifth Test against England in Birmingham. Jadeja, who came to bat after Shreyas Iyer’s departure, shared a 222-run stand with Rishabh Pant (146).
Jadeja is turning out to be the crisis man for India. The limelight has been mostly on Rishabh Pant, but Jadeja has also been delivering the goods with the bat on a consistent basis. The Indian dressing room was on its feet when Jadeja did his trademark sword celebration. Jadeja became only the fourth Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh to score two Test hundreds in a calendar year while batting at No.7 or lower.
Two Test 100s in a calendar year for India batting #7 or lower:
Kapil Dev in 1986
MS Dhoni in 2009
Harbhajan Singh in 2010
Ravindra Jadeja in 2022 *
Jadeja was making a comeback after almost two months. The World No.1 Test all-rounder was preferred over star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI and he has justified the trust shown in him by playing an important knock. He had a poor IPL 2022 season with Chennai Super Kings, but on his return to India, he started from where he last left off against Sri Lanka in March.