In Delhi, Ravindra Jadeja played a pivotal role in India’s victory against Australia, taking 10 wickets in the second Test match. Jadeja’s career-best figures of 7/42 were instrumental in bowling out the Australian team for just 113 runs in the second innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja’s spinning partner, contributed with 3 wickets for 53 runs. In the series, Jadeja has taken 17 wickets and also scored 96 runs with the bat, despite making a comeback to international cricket after a five-month absence.
On the third day, Australia started at 61/1, but they were quickly dismissed with Ashwin and Jadeja sharing the wickets between themselves. The Australian team lost their last seven wickets for only 28 runs and were bowled out for just 113 runs in the second innings.
As a result, Jadeja’s wicket-taking abilities have been so impressive that it has led to his fellow left-arm spinner, Axar Patel, jokingly accusing him of not allowing him to bowl. However, Jadeja explained that on this type of track, a spinner’s role becomes crucial, especially when the opposing team prefers playing the sweep and reverse sweep.
He employed a tactic of bowling stump to stump, causing the Australian batsmen to miss, resulting in five balls hitting the stumps, including those of Steve Smith and Alex Carey, who are considered adept at playing the sweep and reverse sweep shots.
The third Test will be held in Indore from March 1 to 5, while the fourth Test will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad from March 9 to 13.