Not Ben Stokes Or Hardik Pandya! England Great Picks 'Best All-Rounder In The World'

Not Ben Stokes Or Hardik Pandya! England Great Picks ‘Best All-Rounder In The World’

Indian cricket team in action against England© AFP

Former England cricket team skipper Michael Vaughan took to social media to praise Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round performance in the ongoing Test match in Hyderabad. Jadeja took three wickets to bowl out England in the first innings on Day 1 of the first Test and the all-rounder ended Day 1 with a gritty half-century. Vaughan was in awe of the Indian cricket team all-rounder and ended up saying that he is the ‘best all-rounder in the world at the moment”. “He has to be the best allrounder in the world at the moment @imjadeja,” he posted on X (formerly known as Twitter).

KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja hit half-centuries to put India in command of the opening Test against England on Friday with a lead of 175 at stumps on the second day in Hyderabad.

Jadeja remained unbeaten on 81 and took charge after Rahul’s 86 to steer the hosts to 421-7.

He and fellow left-hander Axar Patel, on 35, were batting in a partnership of 63 at the close of play.

“It was a tough day,” England assistant coach Jeetan Patel told reporters.

“I think the effort the guys put in were immense. I think the way we created chances today, if they’d gone… it would be different.”

Jadeja’s fifth-wicket stand of 65 with Rahul, who looked assured in his knock laced with eight fours and two sixes, stood out in a dominant day for India, who resumed on 119-1.

The world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder then kept up the charge with wicketkeeper-batsman K.S. Bharat, who made 41 before being dismissed by Joe Root.

Root and debutant Tom Hartley have taken two wickets each on a grinding day for the tourists, who bowled 87 overs after an extended final session.

England’s Jack Leach bowled just 16 overs in the day without long spells and Patel said the senior spinner struggled with his knee after getting injured while fielding on day one and two.

“I believe he’ll be back in the fourth innings. He just landed on his knee funny,” Jeetan said.

(With AFP inputs)

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