India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, on Friday, admitted that the repercussions could have been nasty had his throw missed the stumps when he ran-out Shimron Hetmyer in the ongoing first Test against West Indies.
Ravindra Jadeja had a memorable day on the field on Friday. The allrounder scored his maiden Test ton to help India post a mammoth 649 for 9. He then went on to take a wicket off the first ball he bowled in the match to further make this game special for him.
But things were agonisingly close to getting nasty when he decided to have some fun. It was the 12th over of the West Indies innings and they had already lost three wickets. Shimron Hetmyer had just played a delivery from R Ashwin to mid-on. And while he was rooted at the crease, Ambris set for a single straightaway. In no time, both the batsmen were stranded at the same end.
Sensing an opportunity to have some fun, Jadeja, who fielded the ball at mid-on, didn’t throw the ball to Ashwin at the non-striker’s end and instead ran towards the wicket. On the other hand, Hetmyer was close to getting inside the crease before Jadeja broke the stand with a cheeky throw.
Not surprisingly, skipper Virat Kohli was not impressed while the other players had their hearts in their mouths.
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And Jadeja knew that missing the run-out would have put him in a lot of trouble. At the end of the day, Jadeja, speaking to the host broadcasters explained why he took so long to effect the run out.
“Both batsmen were at the same end, so I thought I could easily hit the stumps. I was just walking at the stumps, and I didn’t think he (Hetmyer) will start running.
“I can’t think what would have happened if I hadn’t hit the stumps, but then I threw it and luckily it hit the stumps,” he said.
He also expressed his delight over scoring his maiden ton.
“Obviously after 9 years of international cricket I am scoring a hundred, so it is a special moment.
“Whenever I reached 70-80 in the past I thought about my hundred, but threw my wicket away. I have made big hundreds in the domestic circuit, so I thought I can get hundreds in the international level too,” he said.
West Indies, meanwhile, ended the day on 94 for 6, trailing India’s first innings total by 555 runs.