The Australian team eventually got bundled out for 338 on Day 2 of the SCG Test, with the last wicket of the innings falling through a spectacular fielding effort from Ravindra Jadeja. The veteran Australian batsman, Steve Smith finally got his form back by scoring a brilliant knock of 131, and he was the last man out in the hosts’ innings.
The last wicket fell when Smith was trying to score runs as quickly as possible, batting with Number 11 Josh Hazlewood. He tried to take a second run after having pushed the ball to the leg side, but he failed to realize that Ravindra Jadeja running in from deep square leg. The throw was a direct hit, giving Smith no chance to complete his second run. Here is the video of Jadeja’s brilliant throw:
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Tweeting about Jadeja’s brilliant throw, former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar wrote: “Seemingly impossible that only Jadeja the fielder could have made possible. Not just the accuracy of the throw but the sheer speed of the throw was the key to that run out. Absolutely brilliant!”
Seemingly impossible that only Jadeja the fielder could have made possible. Not just the accuracy of the throw but the sheer speed of the throw was the key to that run out. Absolutely brilliant!
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 8, 2021
The Australian innings was thus ended with a Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliant throw before Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill started the Indian first innings.
When the southpaw was asked what will he like to watch, the four wickets he got, or the run-out, during the post-day media interaction, the senior all-rounder replied: “I will rewind and play this run-out as this is my best effort. A direct hit from outside the 30-yard circle and that’s like a moment that gives you that satisfaction. Three or four wicket hauls are fine but this run-out will stay with me.”
At the end of Day, Indi is standing at 96 for 2 with stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara batting in the middle. Earlier, the openers, Rohit Sharm and Shubman Gill added 70 runs for the opening wicket with the latter scoring his maiden Test fifty.