Ajay Jadeja has said that Team India will win the first Test against England. Team India are currently chasing a 209-run target in the fourth innings and after the fourth day’s game, they need 157 runs more to win the match with nine wickets in hand.
During a discussion on Sony Sports, Ajay Jadeja has responded in a positive way when he was asked if the game is already in Team India’s court. He said: “Of course, the game is in your pocket. The team has put in the effort, there is no doubt about that. At one stage it seemed that instead of 209, we might have to score 260. Then Jasprit Bumrah did his magic and you got the whole session back.”
The former Indian player has, however, highlighted that if Team India managed to score a few extra runs in the final session of the fourth day’s play then it will work for them only.
Jadeja elaborated: “Even in the last session because the target was 209, the England team went after you. If it had been the morning session, hardly 25-30 would have been scored even if you were no loss, but here you took the bonus of 25-30 runs, which has made a huge difference.”
Ajay Jadeja continued: “This Indian team does not leave anyone till No.8. Even Shardul Thakur can score runs. So these 157 runs, we will see how the game unfolds, but whatever understanding I have, it is in your pocket.”
On the other hand, another former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif has also picked Team India as the favourites in the Test and stated that Rishabh Pant is the biggest weapon in their armoury as well.
“India has a lot of batting. I will say 70-30 because these two batsmen, and then after that Kohli, Rahane, Rishabh Pant – the match will not be over till he gets out however bad you play, and then Jadeja. The Indian batting is quite strong but the current partnership will not want to leave the runs for the other batsmen,” he concluded.