‘Rested’ Ravindra Jadeja slams second double century in Ranji Trophy

first_imgRavindra Jadeja, true to his clan, replied to his exclusion from the consecutive third limited-overs series in fine fashion.The southpaw hammered his second double hundred in first-class cricket as Saurashtra piled on the runs against Jammu & Kashmir at Rajkot in the Ranji Trophy.He finally fell for 201 to Waseem Raza to provide some respite to his opposition. His innings was laced with 23 boundaries and two maximums.However, he would be disappointed to walk back to the pavilion and miss out on his fourth triple-century after playing a fantastic innings.This was his eighth first-class hundred overall. Seven of them have come in the Ranji Trophy while one (170*) has come in the Duleep Trophy against North Zone.200+ by Ravindra Jadeja in #RanjiTrophy for Saurashtra232* v Ori in 2008314 v Ori in 2011303* vGuj in 2012331 Rlys in 2012201 J&K today- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 15, 2017Ravindra Jadeja now has seven #RanjiTrophy centuries for Saurashtra..300s: 3 (331, 314, 303*)200s: 2 (232*, 201)100s: 2 (143, 122*)- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 15, 2017Ravindra Jadeja also has a 170* for West Zone vs North Zone at Vadodara in January 2011 in the #DuleepTrophy- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 15, 2017Earlier, he walked in with his team in a spot of bother at 59/3 in the 17th over. But he steadied the ship and stitched a 281-run stand with wicketkeeper-batsman Sheldon Jackson for the fourth wicket to take Saurashtra to 340/3 before Jackson fell for 181 off 245 balls.But, he stuck in there and completed his 150 and helped the hosts finish Day 1 on 428/4.Jadeja, who has not played for India since the Test series in Sri Lanka two months ago, was recalled into the squad to replace an injured Axar Patel for the first three ODIs against Australia but didn’t get a chance to play as the hosts persisted with the in-form Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.advertisementNow, he was kept out against New Zealand as well much like his spin-twin Ravichandran Ashwin, who is representing Tamil Nadu after a decent stint with Worcestershire in England’s county championships.While, Jadeja and Ashwin are permanent members of Team India in the longest format of the game, their place has come under the scanner with the rise of the two wrist-spinners in limited-overs cricket. Add to that their good form, both Jadeja and Ashwin have a difficult task to replace them and get back their guaranteed spot in coloured clothing.But, with knocks like these, the warrior is certainly striking the right chords in his bid to make a comeback in limited-overs cricket ahead of a packed home and away schedule for the world No. 1 Test and ODI side.last_img read more