India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja pipped Kapil Dev to claim massive Test milestone
Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after taking a wicket© BCCI
Ravindra Jadeja added another feather to his already illustrious career by becoming the fastest Indian cricketer to score 2500 runs and take 250 wickets in Tests. The feat was achieved during the first day of the Test match between India and Australia when KL Rahul pulled a blinder to dismiss the in-form Usman Khawaja. Jadeja was able to reach the milestone in his 62nd Test match – three matches ahead of India legend Kapil Dev who did so in 65 matches. Overall, Jadeja finished second behind legendary England all-rounder Ian Botham, who achieved the impressive feat in just 55 matches.
At the end of the second session of the second Test of the four-match series against Australia at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, the hosts put up a disciplined performance to take a commanding position against the visitors on Friday.
At tea, Australia’s score read 199/6 with Peter Handscomb (36*) and Pat Cummins (23*) holding the fort for the visitors.
Opening the innings at 94/3, Australia started well and battered the Indian bowlers all over the ground with batsman Usman Khawaja taking singles at regular intervals.
Khawaja hit Ravindra Jadeja for 12 runs in the 39th over of the innings, hitting three fours.
The pair of Khawaja and Peter Handscomb scored runs by stealing singles to keep the scoreboard running.
Jadeja then bowled a fine delivery to provide his team with the much-needed wicket as he dismissed Khawaja for 81 off 125 balls. KL Rahul took a one-handed stunner off Jadeja to send the well-set batsman Khawaja back to the pavilion. In the 47th over of the game, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Alex Carey for a duck.
Handscomb joined hands with Pat Cummins to put Australia’s scoreboard at 199/6 at tea.
(With PTI inputs)
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