Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja invited the wrath of skipper Virat Kohli for a brief moment during the second day of the first Test against West Indies when he almost missed a run out in an attempt to tease batsman Shimron Hetmyer. The incident took place in Ravichandran Ashwin’s over when a massive mix-up in the middle between Hetmyer and Sunil Ambris saw both the batsmen end up at the same end.
Hetmyer had whipped the delivery across the line to mid-on and straight into Jadeja’s hands. But he tried to sneak in a single which prompted Ambris to run towards his end.
Seeing both the batsmen at one end, Jadeja – instead of throwing the ball back to Ashwin – decided to jog casually towards the stumps, which gave Hetmyer hope of making it back to the other end. Seeing Hetmyer dart down the pitch seemed to wake up Jadeja, and he decided to take a direct shot at the stumps. The ball just clipped off the bails with the West Indies batsmen still out of the crease, and it was a successful run out.
— Sagar Kabir (@ImSagarKabir10) 5 October 2018
The ‘comical’ moment did not appear to go down well with both Ashwin and skipper Kohli, both of whom came close to Jadeja to question him about his needless theatrics. But Jadeja shrugged and laughed, which made Kohli smile wryly. The fact that India had managed to get the wicket calmed tensions in the middle quickly, and Jadeja escaped without having to face a huge moment of embarrassment.
Jeez!! That throw by Jadeja made anna to get shocks! The sheer sight of Jadeja sets all kind of chaos among the two batsmen. 2nd wicket in our @ashwinravi99 anna’s over, this time in the form of a messed run out!! #GoAshwin #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/g0MWUKYCke
— Kala Mani (@kalamani22) 5 October 2018
— Oggy Billa 🤓 (@SirOggyBilla) 5 October 2018
wtf was that run out of #Hetmyer… lmao
This is surely in the category of Funny run outs..Inzy bhai category ;)#Jadeja casually jogged towards the stumps, before taking his own sweet time to knock the stumps..lol#INDvWI
— The Notorious B.E.E 🐝🐝 (@chatpataka100) 5 October 2018
That run out by Jadeja was reckless#INDvWI
— Rohit (@Rohit_G_K) 5 October 2018
You can run opponent batsman out by a direct hit and still manage to get abused by your captain only if your name’s Ravindra Jadeja. Sir for a reason! #INDvWI
— LOLendra Singh (@LOLendraSingh) 5 October 2018
Later, as the game continued and the replay of the incident was played over and over on the giant television screens, the all-rounder was seen giving smiling with embarrassment and shaking his head at the boundary line.
India declared their innings for 649/9, with Jadeja scoring his maiden Test hundred.