Ravindra Jadeja hit an unbeaten 175 in the 1st Test vs Sri Lanka© BCCI
Ravindra Jadeja has etched his name in the history books by beating a career-best 175 unbeaten run on Day 2 of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Jadeja broke Kapil Dev’s long-standing record for the highest score by an Indian on Saturday who came in at number 7 or lower in Test Cricket. Kapil held the record for 35 years. He had amassed 163 against Sri Lanka in Kanpur way back in December 1986, hitting at number 7. Jadeja went past that score on Saturday in a turn marked with class and authority.
Jadeja also became only the third Indian to score over 150 while batting at number 7 or lower in Test cricket. Apart from Jadeja and Kapil, Rishabh Pant is the other one to play over 150 knock batting on that number. The Indian wicketkeeper batter had scored an unbeaten 159 against Australia in Sydney in 2019.
For the record, the great MS Dhoni’s highest test score while hitting number 7 is 144. He had achieved that against South Africa in 2011.
Coming back to Jadeja’s knocking, the southpaws registered three-century stands – first with Pant, then Ashwin, and finally Mohammed Shami to take India to a massive first innings total of 574 for 8.
Jadeja was unbeaten at 175 and Shami batted at 20 when captain Rohit Sharma decided to call the Indian innings.
Jadeja hit three sixes and 17 fours in his clear innings in which he scored with a brilliant batting rate of 76.75.
He was happy to play second fiddle on Day 1 when Pant, on the other hand, went ballistic. On Day 2, which resumed at age 45, he again took the time to build another solid stance with Ashwin (61). But once he hit three figures, Jadeja was unstoppable.
The attacking southpaw ended up scoring more than 80% of the points in the 103 point partnership between him and Shami.
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