“Don’t I want to go bowling?” Ravindra Jadeja burst into tears over Akshar Patel’s question
Akshar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja share a good laugh.© Twitter
Ravindra Jadeja’s return after a long injury is getting better day by day. The left-arm spinner returned with career-best figures of 7/42 in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to help the hosts beat Australia by six wickets inside three days to take a 2-0 Test series lead on Sunday. Gave. Jadeja teamed up with fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to bowl Australia out for 113 in the morning session when the tourists’ batting crumbled due to excessive use of sweep shots on a tricky New Delhi pitch.
Jadeja bowled 12.1 overs in the second innings on Sunday and took seven wickets. Ashwin bowled 16 overs and took three wickets. The duo’s dominance meant that the third Indian spinner Akshar Patel bowled just one over. After the match was over, Akshar had a fun conversation with Jadeja about this.
“Sir, I am not getting a chance to bowl. You don’t want me to bowl or what? Is that the reason you are bowling so well?” Akshar Patel told Ravindra Jadeja in a video posted on bcci.tv as both broke out in laughter.
“If the wicket is like this in India, it feels good. The role and responsibility of a spinner increases. Their batting is such that they like sweep and reverse-sweep. So, I tried to bowl at the stumps. If They missed, deliveries that would have been low, hit the stumps. Luckily, that happened today. In five of those dismissals, we heard the ball hit the stumps well.”
The hosts set their winning target of 115 in the second session to guarantee retention of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the four-match series.
They have won their last three series against Australia and are now close to making it to the World Test Championship final.
with AFP inputs
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