New Delhi. When Virat Kohli announced his playing XI in the Nottingham Test against England (India vs England, 1st Test), many people questioned the Indian captain. In fact, Ravindra Jadeja was given a chance as a spinner in place of Ravichandran Ashwin, the most brilliant Test bowler in Team India’s playing XI. Fans raised questions but why Virat Kohli had given preference to Jadeja over Ashwin, it was known to everyone on the third day of the Nottingham Test. Ravindra Jadeja scored a brilliant half-century on a pitch where batsmen like India captain Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had trouble scoring runs.
Ravindra Jadeja scored 56 runs in the first innings with the help of 8 fours and a six. Jadeja shared a 60-run partnership with opener KL Rahul and played a very important role in giving Team India an edge over England. When Jadeja came to the crease, India had already taken the wicket of Rishabh Pant and England was heaving a sigh of relief. But Jadeja started showing his bat as soon as he came to the crease. Played carefully and when KL Rahul got out, he also showed a quick style. Ravindra Jadeja, who hit a four off the ball of Olly Robinson, completed the 16th half-century of his Test career and after that he also celebrated it by playing the bat like a sword.
Jadeja achieved big achievement
Ravindra Jadeja also achieved a big achievement during his half-century innings. Jadeja completed 2000 runs in Test cricket and became only the fifth cricketer in the world who has touched the mark of 200 wickets and 2000 runs in Tests. Jadeja achieved this feat in the 53rd Test match, while Ashwin achieved it in 51 matches, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev 50-50 and Ian Botham in 42 matches.
Jadeja was under pressure to prove himself
Let us tell you that Ravindra Jadeja was also under pressure to prove himself in Nottingham. Jadeja was unable to contribute with the ball in the first innings. This all-rounder got only 3 overs, in which he did not get any success. But when it came to batting, Jadeja came true to the trust of Team India. On the basis of half-centuries from Jadeja and KL Rahul, India are in a strong position till the end of the third day’s play. India took a lead of 95 runs in the first innings. Team India would definitely like to strengthen its hold on the match on the fourth day.