IND vs SL: Jadeja upping his game every time, says Rohit Sharma
IND vs SL: After helping India take a 1-0 lead over Sri Lanka in the Test series today in Mohali, India captain Rohit Sharma claimed Ravindra Jadeja is upping his game every time.
India won the first Test by an innings and 222 runs thanks to an all-round effort by Ravindra Jadeja (175 runs and 9 wickets) and R Ashwin (61 runs and 6 wickets).
“He’s one of the top. Look at the performances: to get 175 not out and then take nine wickets in the game; he’s just upping his game every time you see him. In the past when we played in India, his contribution with the bat lower down the order and taking those crucial wickets, he just seems to be adding a lot more to his game every time he plays.”
“He’s very hungry… as you can see that hunger drives athletes to move forward. And I see that in Jadeja clearly. He’s quite hungry for success, quite hungry to get runs and do well for the team,” said Rohit Sharma in the virtual post-match press conference on Sunday.
The win provides India 12 valuable points in the ICC World Test Championship, maintaining them in fifth place in the rankings, while the loss drops Sri Lanka to third place. In the two-match series, the hosts have also grabbed a 1-0 lead.
Sharma also praised Ravichandran Ashwin after the veteran spinner surpassed Kapil Dev’s 434 Test wickets. To become India’s second-highest wicket-taker in the game’s longest format.
“It’s a big thing in his cricketing career to achieve that feat. When you grow up wanting to play Test cricket, you don’t dream about all these things. To surpass that, it’s a big achievement on his behalf.”
“I have been watching Ashwin for a long time now and every time I watch him. He seems to get better and better. Ashwin is one of those kinds of players where confidence is always there in his abilities. Whatever he wants to achieve for himself and then for the team as well, play a crucial innings and got us a big partnership there with Jadeja. Every time I see him, he seems to get better and better,” he added.
This match will be remembered for a number of reasons. The most notable of which is Virat Kohli’s 100th Test appearance. However, while Kohli only managed 45 runs. It was Jadeja and Ashwin who excelled with both bat and ball to give India a convincing three-day triumph. They dominated across the board on all three days, with Sri Lanka failing to get a session to themselves.