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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 02: India batsman Virat Kohli shares a joke with Jonny Bairtsow as rain stops play during day two of the Fifth test match between England and India at Edgbaston on July 02, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Wasim Jaffer has said that the Indian team will have to stop Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow from building a sixth-wicket partnership on Day 3 of the Edgbaston Test match.

At stumps on Day 2, England were at 84/5 and they were trailing by 332 runs. England will start off Day 3 with two of their best batters – Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow – out in the middle.

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Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. PC- Getty
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Speaking to ESPNcricinfo on Saturday, Jaffer said that India dominated the first two days but they will have to stop Bairstow and Stokes to gain full control. He elaborated:

“India was definitely in the driving seat on the first day. After that, the way they started today, how Ravindra Jadeja scored his century, took the score to 400, … the way they bowled and most importantly got the wicket of Joe Root – we have to say India dominated the second day as well.

“But we have often seen a partnership after the fifth wicket falls, India will have to stop that in the morning. This partnership between Bairstow and Stokes is very important. If these wickets fall quickly, India will be in control.”

He’s improved immensely as a cricketer – Wasim Jaffer on Ravindra Jadeja

Wasim Jaffer. Photo- Twitter
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Former India opening batsman Jaffer further heaped praise on the “underrated batter” Ravindra Jadeja, saying that he has played many important knocks for India. He added that Jadeja has made immense improvements as a cricketer. He asserted:

“Ravindra Jadeja was playing second fiddle to Rishabh Pant yesterday, batting carefully at the other end. He’s somewhat underrated as a batter but he has played many important knocks and made many important contributions in batting, bowling, and fielding in the last two years across the three formats.

“He’s improved immensely as a cricketer. Playing such an important knock and rescuing India from 98-5 after the setback in the IPL and a mediocre season followed by an injury break – full credit to him and also Rishabh Pant.”

Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)
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