Ravindra Jadeja, scored a maiden Test century on Friday as India posted a mammoth 649 in the first innings of the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot. Playing in his 38th Test match in front of his home crowd, Jadeja remained not out at 100 before skipper Virat Kohli decided to declare the innings. Jadeja reached the three-figure mark in 132 balls. His innings included five fours and as many sixes.
Speaking at a press conference after end of second day’s play, Jadeja said that he is very happy and would like to dedicate this knock to his mother because she always wanted him to play for India. He added that although she is no longer alive but there is nothing more valuable than this knock that he could have gifted his mother.
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After overpowering the visitors in the first day, India remained dominant on Friday. The hosts piled up a mammoth score of 649/9 before Kohli declared the innings. In response, West Indies top-order batsmen collapsed as Mohammed Shami struck twice in his first spell. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav claimed a wicket each. At the end of second day’s play at Rajkot, West Indies could only manage 94 for the loss of six wickets on the scoreboard. The visitors are still trailing by 555 runs.