Ravindra Jadeja has advised his batting-unit to bat for a long period of time in their first innings after he led the way for the Men in Blue on the second day of the ongoing New Year Test by claiming four wickets before effecting a freak run-out of centurion Steve Smith.
Despite Steve Smith’s brilliant 113, Australia squandered the advantage they had gained by accumulating 206 runs for the loss of just three wickets as they lost their last seven for a mere 132, to get bowled out for 338.
Jadeja, when asked by the host broadcaster as to what approach that his batsmen should employ against a brilliant Aussie attack, his advice was simple: Keep batting for four to five sessions.
“I think they have batted really well. We have to capitalize on the time we have in the middle. I’ll say don’t worry about the total and keep batting for four to five sessions,” said Jadeja.
‘I was trying to bowl on the stumps’- Ravindra Jadeja
When asked about his approach to his bowling on what was a pretty flat track, Ravindra Jadeja said that all he tried was not to leak runs at his end and ensure that he gave proper support to Bumrah and co.
He eventually did more than that as he claimed the prized scalps of Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade before returning in the afternoon session to mop up the tail.
And, if that wasn’t enough, the all-rounder affected a run-out of Steve Smith, something only he could have done, as he ran straight from deep square-leg to nail a direct throw that saw the demise of the centurion.
“The wicket was pretty flat and slow so I was trying to bowl on the stumps. The ball wasn’t doing much so tried to keep it tight and not leak the runs from my end because Bumrah and other fast bowlers were bowling well,” added Jadeja
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