Ravindra Jadeja: If Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are set, it’s tough to get them out
By Sandy - Oct 23, 2018 3:08 am
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After the end of the first game of the five-match ODI series between India and Windies at Guwahati on Sunday night, Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja claimed that it would be always tough to dismiss the Indian ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma and the skipper Virat Kohli, once they are set.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli

Chasing a challenging total of 323 runs in the Guwahati ODI, the Indian opener Rohit Sharma (152*) and the no.3 Indian batsman Virat Kohli (140) both hit big centuries to secure the game comfortably after reaching the target in 42.1 overs after losing only two wickets. Their 246-run second wicket partnership made that chase too comfortable for the hosts and at the end of the match, India took the 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

Ravindra Jadeja

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After winning the game by eight wickets with 47 balls to spare, Jadeja said about Sharma and Kohli, “If they are set, it’s tough to get them out. They can hit ground strokes and in the air with equal ease. It becomes tough against such batters. They played proper cricketing shots. They did not take any chances, they were just playing according the situation.”

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In the first innings of the game, the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja had a bowling figure of 10-0-66-2. From the early stage of the game, Jadeja felt the wicket was very good to bat on which proved true till the end.

The 29-year-old said, “Wicket was also very good to bat on. It was not spinning or swinging much. The ball was coming nicely to bat. It was an ideal condition for the batsmen.

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“After they scored 320-plus, we did not know how it will behave in the second half. But after the start we got following (Shikhar) Dhawan’s wicket we thought we could chase it down. Overall it stayed true throughout the game.”

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It was the maiden ODI at Barsapara Cricket Stadium (Guwahati). Due to having no past experiences in this venue, India started the game with three seamers.

Jadeja added on that, “We didn’t know how the wicket would behave, this being the first ODI here. We thought three seamers will help to contain the batsmen in the powerplay.”