Former England skipper Michael Vaughan was mighty impressed with the way Ravindra Jadeja batted in the first innings against England, asserting that his style of cricket is well-suited in any game.
Jadeja smashed his third century in Tests on Day 2 of the Edgbaston Test, helping India cross the 400-run barrier and set a huge first-innings total on what has been a good surface for the bowlers.
“Jadeja is outstanding. He’s a class act. I was looking at his numbers over the last 20-odd Test matches. He’s averaging 48, only second to Rohit Sharma, who is averaging 49 in the Indian line-up. Give me that style of cricketer all day long.”
“Someone who can play with that much control, clarity and can explode into life at any stage. He’s a wonderful cricketer. Even in the field, he is going to create an opportunity. He grabs everything. He’s a brilliant player. I love him because he brings a vibe of enjoying the game, playing the game smartly,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“I didn’t think they would play to this standard” – Michael Vaughan
India last played a Test match back in March and coming into the Test, England was the in-form side having defeated New Zealand 3-0 at home. However, the level at which India played surprised Vaughan.
“India are well on top because they have played incredible cricket. I didn’t think they would play to this standard because they have not been playing too much longer-format cricket. They’ve been in the IPL, had a bit of a breather, played a practice game at Leicester.”
“I thought it was going to be similar to the WTC final. Full credit to India. They are a high-class team that know how to get their minds right for Test match cricket without the match practice,” he also mentioned.