Mohali: Ravindra Jadeja etched his name on the history books by slamming a career-best unbeaten knock of 175 on Day 2 of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Jadeja on Saturday broke Kapil Dev’s long-standing record for the highest score by an Indian coming to bat at No.7 or below in Test cricket. Kapil held the record for 35 years. He had amassed 163 against Sri Lanka in Kanpur way back in December, 1986 while batting at No.7. Jadeja went past that score on Saturday in an innings that was stamped with class and authority.
Jadeja became the third Indian to score more than 150 in Test cricket while batting at number seven or below. Apart from Jadeja and Kapil, Rishabh Pant is the second player to hit 150-plus at that number. India’s wicketkeeper-batsman had scored an unbeaten 159 against Australia in Sydney in 2019.
For the record, batting great MS Dhoni has the highest Test score of 144 while batting at No. He achieved this against South Africa in 2011.
Coming back into Jadeja’s innings, the left-hander scored three centuries – first with Pant, then with Ashwin and finally with Mohammed Shami, taking India to a total of 574 for 8 in the first innings.
Jadeja was unbeaten on 175 and Shami on 20 when skipper Rohit Sharma decided to declare the Indian innings.
Jadeja hit three sixes and 17 fours in his flawless innings, in which he scored runs at an impressive strike rate of 76.75.
He was happy to play second fiddle on Day 1 when Pant at the other end was going ballistic. On Day 2, resuming at 45, he once again took his time to build another solid stand with Ashwin (61). But once he reached three figures, there was no stopping Jadeja.
The attacking left-hander ended up scoring more than 80% of the runs in the 103-run partnership between him and Shami.