Ravindra Jadeja followed his first innings unbeaten 42 with brisk, unbeaten, fifty in the second and followed it up with a celebration only he can pull off. The left-hander tucked one away for a single, raised his bat for the dressing room and as soon as Virat Kohli signalled the declaration, Jadeja’s sword (read bat) was out.
With fancy moves he enthralled the crowd at the Green Stadium in Kanpur and triggered smiles in the home side’s dressing room. Skipper Kohli too was applauding, and gestured with similar celebration for his teammate.
Jadeja had scored a 44-ball 42 in the first innings, adding crucial 41 runs with Umesh Yadav for the last wicket. His knock was full of intent and he first followed it up with a five-wicket haul in New Zealand’s first innings, then an unbeaten fifty in the second.
Since the South Africa series, Jadeja has been chipping in with crucial cameos for the team and adding priceless runs with the tail. These contributions become all the more handy in low-scoring affairs like the ones we saw last year, and expected to see in the ongoing three-match series too.
Jadeja added a brisk 100 runs with Rohit Sharma, who too was unbeaten on 68 when Kohli put New Zealand in after Tea. Jadeja’s fifty came off only 58 balls and the left-hander hit three fours and two sixes in the process.
Here’s a look at how Jadeja celebrated another good knock lower down the order:
This was not the first time Jadeja had celebrated like this. During the away series against England, where Jadeja and James Anderson were in the news for all the wrong reasons, Jadeja showcased his skills after hitting fifty at Lord’s.