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Ravindra Jadeja relieved after maiden hundred in 218 international matches

November 17, 2019

first_imgRavindra Jadeja was a happy man after scoring his maiden international hundred on Friday as India dominated another day of Test cricket against West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.Jadeja, who was playing his 218th international match and his 38th Test, stole a single off Kraigg Brathwaite in the 150th over of the Indian innings to reach the milestone on his home ground in Rajkot.After the emotional moment, he celebrated his hundred with his trademark sword swing and then put on his helmet and went towards the crease, completely ignoring Virat Kohli at the dressing room, who was waiting to signal the declaration. Jadeja’s actions brought about a smile in the dressing room and Kohli finally declared a ball later with India on 649/9, with Jadeja not out on 100 off 132 balls.India vs West Indies: Day 2 Report | Highlights | PhotosHe received a standing ovation from the dressing room and was hugely applauded by the crowd, which saw two of their heroes in Cheteshwar Pujara and Jadeja, score big runs.And at the end of day’s play, Jadeja admitted what is meant for him scoring a hundred after nine years of international cricket. This was Ravindra Jadeja’s first international ton after nine years at the top level (AP Photo)”Obviously after 9 years of international cricket I am scoring a hundred, so it is a special moment. Whenever I reached 70-80 in the past I thought about my hundred, but threw my wicket away. I have made big hundreds in the domestic circuit, so I thought I can get hundreds in the international level too. Today I told myself that I need to reach the mark. I was really happy; whenever you get your first Test hundred it gives you a lot of joy,” Jadeja said.Also read – Cannot imagine what would have happened had I missed: Jadeja on comical run outadvertisementThe 29-year-old all-rounder missed out on a hundred at The Oval in the last Test of the series against England as he ran out of partners and he was left stranded on 86. Speaking about the knock, he said that it was a very satisfying knock nonetheless.”In England, Anderson and Broad were swinging the ball, the clouds were there too, and you don’t have anything in your favor, so I just thought about scoring my fifty first. I spoke to myself and spurred myself on to keep going on and on, and I feel accomplished about my batting in England. It was actually the first time I was playing in the series,” Jadeja said.Jadeja is enjoying his game, contributing with the bat and the ball every time he takes the field. And the man credits it to his ODI call-up at the Asia Cup, where he played an ODI after 14 months and then never looked back.Also read – Ravindra Jadeja takes an eternity to run out Hetmyer. Virat Kohli not amused”I was playing ODI cricket in the Asia Cup after 15 months, and I needed to make a mark. I was lucky to get the wickets in that match. In ODIs, sometimes you bowl well and you don’t get wickets. It was crucial; I got the opportunity and I had to prove myself, to myself and not to others. I got my ODI call-up, I got wickets in the game, and I have been enjoying my cricket since then,” Jadeja said before signing off.last_img

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