Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja carried on from his overnight score of 83* to bring up his third Test century on Day 2 of the Edgbaston Test.
Jadeja had stitched a stunning 222-run partnership with Rishabh Pant, who himself scored a blistering 146 off just 111 balls on the first day of the fifth and final Test between the two teams.
Pant had done the bulk of the scoring in the partnership but Jadeja understood his role. He hung around until the 24-year-old southpaw was dismissed late on Day 1 before farming the strike.
After ending the first day on 83, Jadeja began the second day with an aggressive mindset. He took on the loose balls and scored boundaries at will. He also received a life while on 94 with Zak Crawley dropping a catch in the slip cordon.
On the very next ball, Jadeja cut a short of a length delivery from Matthew Potts to reach the milestone. The Saurashtra player proceeded to do the trademark sword celebration, acknowledging the applause from the crowd.
Jadeja fell soon after his century to James Anderson, who picked up his fourth wicket in the process. India inched closer to the 400-run mark and will be happy if they get there after being down at 98/5.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Ravindra Jadeja’s century:
He came when all the big guns failed, absorbed all the pressure, contributed in a partnership and then scored a wonderful hundred. This has been one of the most mature innings I’ve seen. Sir Jadeja, you are magnificent! #EngvsInd pic.twitter.com/5KeFNfJmLU
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) July 2, 2022
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) July 2, 2022
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 2, 2022
Valuable 💯 Baapu 👏 Batting at his peak of ability #RavindraJadeja
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 2, 2022
JADEJA that’s one of the best inn.. what a 100 .. Keep the flag high .. @imjadeja very proud of you 👏
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 2, 2022
Played Jadeja. The joy on the face of his team mates said it all.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) July 2, 2022
You like it or not a hundred in England does set you apart from others. Jaddu is finally there..what's best, Manjrekar called it out.
— 𝗚𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗱𝗵𝗶 (@GautamSodhi1) July 2, 2022
Forget his 242 Test wickets for a while and just applaud @imjadeja for the discipline and class he’s shown to get a Test 100 in England – in testing and very adverse conditions with the game sense that will define him for years to come #INDvsENG #Jadeja
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) July 2, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 2, 2022
— Cric Crazy (@Being_indiawale) July 2, 2022
— Ankit Mandal (@_ankit_mandal_) July 2, 2022
— Abhijit 🇮🇳 (@abhijitIITG09_) July 2, 2022
— 𝗞𝗜𝗖𝗞 𝗕𝗨𝗧𝗧𝗢𝗪𝗦𝗞𝗜 (@Kb_tweets_) July 2, 2022
— Dinesh Lilawat (@DineshLilawat45) July 2, 2022
— Anmol Rajput (@AnmolRa57897224) July 1, 2022
If You Miss these two innings. & Didn't watch . You Miss a lot. From 98 for 5 and Crossed 375 + Marks . Well Played sir @imjadeja and pantastic @RishabhPant17 Rescue to India.from very Bad Situation.#INDvsENG #RishabhPant #Jaddu pic.twitter.com/BlsXx2o6kk
— KAPIL DEV TAMRAKAR 🚀 (@kapildevtmkr) July 2, 2022