As India beat Australia in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2023, allrounder Ravindra Jadeja made an electrifying comeback in international cricket. Playing almost after five months, the all-rounder took his 11th five-wicket haul during the game. In the first innings, the Saurashtra player took five wickets for 47 runs and restricted visitors to a below-par score of 177 runs.
In response, India posted 400 runs in the 1st innings with the help of Captain Rohit Sharma, Jadeja, and Axar Patel. They scored 120, 70, and 84 respectively. Jadeja for his all-round performance was named Player of the Match. After his match-winning performance, the 2013 Champions Trophy winner brutally trolled the Australian Team. The 2008 U19 World Cup winner said that the visitors may have been undone mentally by all the talk of just how much spin would come from the pitch.
While speaking with Star Sports, Jadeja said, “Unko flight se hi rough patches dikh rahe the (They were probably seeing the rough from the flight itself). The atmosphere they created that it would spin; it didn’t spin that much. If we see, they got out more to straight balls. We also got out lbw on straight balls,” Jadeja said on Star Sports.
“This is bound to happen in India because we will play to our team’s strength. Our fast bowlers are also good, but spinners win more matches in India and pick up wickets, so why shouldn’t we go with our strength,” Jadeja further added.
India takes an important 1-0 lead in the series
After winning the first match Rohit Sharma and co. takes a much-needed 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. To qualify for the finals of the Test Championship on its own, the 2021 finalists are aiming to win the series by the difference of two or more matches. Currently, India is placed second on the table with a 61.67%-win percentage while Australia is on the top with a 70.83%-win percentage.
However, Pat Cummins-led Australia will aim to bounce back in the second Test which is scheduled to take place between February 17 – February 21 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. Aussies will try to conquer India’s unbeaten fortress as India didn’t lose a single test in the last 38 years at Delhi.