Ravindra Jadeja smashes massive records in Test cricket, Kapil Dev joins illustrious list
Star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Wednesday became the second player from India to take 500 wickets and score 5,000 runs in international cricket. He achieved the feat during Australia’s third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India at Indore. After dismissing Australian opener Travis Head leg before wicket for nine runs in six balls, Jadeja claimed his 500th wicket in international cricket. Jadeja has scored 5,527 runs in 241 innings at an average of 33.29 in 298 international matches. He has scored three centuries and 31 half-centuries with a personal best score of 175*.
He also took a total of 503 wickets in 298 matches at an average of 29.35 at an economy rate of 3.51. His best bowling figures in an innings are 7/42.
He is the only player other than veteran all-rounder and India’s World Cup-winning legend Kapil Dev to have 500 international wickets and 5,000 international runs.
Kapil Dev scored a total of 9,031 runs in 356 matches in 382 innings at an average of 27.53. He scored nine centuries and 41 half-centuries in his career.
Kapil also took a total of 687 wickets in 356 international matches with best bowling figures of 9/83 in an innings.
Apart from Jadeja and Kapil Dev, the list of all-rounders with at least 5,000 international cricket runs and 500 wickets in international cricket includes Pakistan’s Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Shahid Afridi, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori, England Ian Botham is included. Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis of South Africa and Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka.
Talking about the match, India was bundled out for just 109 runs in the first innings. Virat Kohli (22) and Shubman Gill (21) were the only batsmen to cross the 20-run mark as the Australian spinners had fun on a turning track.
Matthew Kuhnmann took his career best figures of 5/16, while veteran Nathan Lyon also took 3/35. Todd Murphy also got the prized wicket of Virat, dismissing him for the third time in the series.
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja continued his impressive form with the ball but a second-wicket partnership between Usman Khawaja, who scored a half-century, and Marnus Labuschagne denied the hosts a chance to continue their dominance over Australia, leaving the visitors 156/4. But reached The play on the first day of the third Test in Indore ended on Wednesday.
Peter Handscomb (7*) and all-rounder Cameron Green (6*) remained unbeaten for Australia at the end of the day’s play. He put India ahead by 47 runs.
Usman (60) and Labuschagne (31) played crucial innings and shared a 96-run partnership for the second wicket to help Australia take the lead.
Jadeja took 4/63 in his 24 overs.
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