India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has opened up on running out Steve Smith with a direct hit in the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The India star, who is one of the best if not the best fielder in the world, also called it as his “best ever” fielding effort.
India needed a moment of brilliance to get rid of Steve Smith who had already crossed the century mark. The Indian bowlers were finding it tough to send back the Australia star before Ravindra Jadeja provided the moment of brilliance. Having steered a ball with soft hands on the leg side, Smith decided to steal a second run.
But it did not take Smith long to regret his decision of challenging Ravindra Jadeja as the southpaw’s direct hit caught him well short of his crease. It was the last Australian wicket to fall as Smith’s fine knock ended on 131. Speaking about the run-out, Ravindra Jadeja pointed out that any direct-hit run-out is tough but this was special for him because despite seeing only one stump he ran in from outside the circle and got the direct hit.
“Steve Smith’s run-out was obviously one of my best because I was near the boundary ropes. I was able to see only one stump and to target and hit that stump was a bit tough,” Ravindra Jadeja was quoted as saying by India Today.
“At times you get the sense that if the batsman is playing with the tailender then he will surely try to run a double. I was thinking if this situation arrives then I will have to be ready. I was on deep square and there was no mid-wicket fielder so it was obvious that Smith was looking for double only. I was ready for both the catch and run-out. Any direct hit run out is tough but this was special for me because I ran in from outside the circle and then got the direct hit,” he added.
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