India managed to pile up a significant number on the cards as the Men in Blue piled up a staggering 400 in the opening innings, thanks to a resonating show from Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Mohammed Shami who put up a late show to defy the Aussies.
Starting the day at 321 for 7, India managed to post a significant lead in the first innings, thanks to some rampant striking from Mohammed Shami who took Todd Murphy head on. It seemed that India’s healthy lead simply kept on tormenting Australia and Jadeja enjoyed every bit of it.
At the end of the day, it was a staggering win for the Indians after the Aussie batting completely collapsed and they could come with very minimal resistance in front of India’s spin department. Former Indian cricketer, Ajay Jadeja didn’t miss out an opportunity to taunt the Australian batting unit.
Talking on Cricbuzz, Jadeja said, “The first two days were agony, they (Australia) were burnt and hurt. But today, in this first session, India rubbed lemon and salt into those wounds.” This was a reminder of Jadeja’s ointment rubbing incident that left the Australians unhappy.
He further added, “When they were bowled out for 177, I had said that I would be surprised if India are needed to bat twice. After the first session on Day 2, it looked like Australia were making a comeback but after Lunch the way India have dominated, it will also leave its impact psychologically on the Australians. The one little thing that went in Australia’s favour was that Lunch was taken when the last Indian wicket fell, otherwise their openers would have had to rush in.”
Ajay Jadeja continued his eulogy for the Indian cricket team, adding, “He has performed very well of late with the bat. The pitch is not that easy. The way Rohit batted, Axar did the same. He made the wicket look easy. If Ravindra Jadeja took 30-40 Tests to come out as a batter, he has done it only in 3-4 Tests.”