Team India registered a comfortable 203-run win over South Africa in the first Test of the three-match series in Vizag on Sunday after an all-round effort from the hosts. The Indian opener, Rohit Sharma slammed back-to-back centuries to shine on his debut as Test opener while Mayank Agarwal notched up his maiden double century. Ravichandran Ashwin returned with eight wickets from the game and was impressive on his return in the longest format.
Chasing a huge target of 395 runs in the fourth innings of the Vizag Test, South Africa suffered a massive batting collapse as they were bundled out for 191 as the Indian pacers dominated the proceedings. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers in the second innings as he finished with brilliant figures of 5/35 in his 10.5 overs. Apart from him, it was all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who got India some important breakthroughs with a four-wicket haul.
Jadeja removed openers Aiden Markram and Deal Elgar which dented the confidence of South Africa’s top-order before dismissing Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj. He also displayed excellent reflexes on the field and was at his usual best by continuously troubling the opposition batsmen with his sharp presence. He also scored 70 runs in two innings with the bat.
However, the all-rounder failed to find a mention in former Indian opener Virender Sehwag’s congratulatory tweet for Team India post their victory and was seemingly left irked.
Jadeja on Sunday retweeted a controversial tweet from a fan questioning Sehwag for not mentioning the all-rounder in his post. Sehwag’s tweet read: “Fantastic test match for @ImRo45, a dream beginning to opening the batting in Test cricket. Wish him the very best. That was a convincing win for India with some great contributions from Mayank, Shami, Ashwin, Pujara”.
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Replying to Sehwag, a Twitter user blamed him for overlooking Jadeja’s fine performance. “@virendersehwag kya aapke TV me @imjadeja ki #batting, #bowling aur #fielding ka performance nahi dikha??? Ya phir so gaye the???,” (Virender Sehwag didn’t your TV show Ravindra Jadeja’s performance with the bat, ball and on the field? Or were you sleeping?). The fan’s comment was retweeted by Jadeja.
— Binit Patel (@binitpatel2805) October 6, 2019