England captain Ben Stokes ran out veteran India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja with a stunning throw during Day 4 of the opening Test of the five-match series at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday (January 28). Jadeja, who top-scored with 87 in the first innings, got out for only two runs in his second innings as well.
However, the dismissal came during the 39th over of India’s run-chase when Joe Root bowled a full-toss to Jadeja and he drove it in front of mid-on. Ben Stokes came to collect the ball and then reverse-thre it onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end as well. The throw was quick and accurate enough to dismiss Ravindra Jadeja.
Watch Ravindra Jadeja’s run-out here:
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Meanwhile, former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra feels Ravindra Jadeja doesn’t get much credit for being the standout all-rounder in Test cricket at the moment. However, Jadeja registered figures of 3/88 as Team India bowled England out for 246 in their first innings of the ongoing first Test in Hyderabad as well. He was unbeaten on 81 at Stumps on Day 2 (Friday, January 26) with the hosts’ first-innings score reaching 421/7 as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “We need to praise Ravindra Jadeja. I think we do a disservice at times. We don’t give him that much importance. He is the No. 1 all-rounder in the world if we talk about the ICC rankings and he is 90 points ahead of the second-ranked guy. If he scores a century here, he took three wickets in the first innings and will pick up wickets in the second innings as well, his ranking points will increase further. So there is a huge gulf between No. 1 and No. 2.”