Ravindra Jadeja & Mathew Wade involve in ugly sledging in Dharamsala

I developed as a player overall.

In what proved to be an eventful day of action at the HPCA Stadium, the hosts added 84 runs before being dismissed for 332 on the stroke of lunch with Jadeja top-scoring with 63 runs and putting on a critical stand of 96 runs for the seventh wicket with wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. The variation of an offspinner and left-arm spinner also works well.

"Good feeling that I am doing well in Test matches".

Dharamsala: He was always a vital cog in shorter formats but his performance in India's ongoing Test season has provided Ravindra Jadeja with both "satisfaction and self belief" to make hay in the five-day format.

It was another series win for the Indian side in the home series. When asked about a heated exchange while batting in the middle, between him and Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, Jadeja replied: "Oh, that was nothing". A fired-up Pat Cummins made a decision to test Jadeja's resolve by unleashing a barrage of bouncers, one even striking the batsman on his arm and ricocheting onto the helmet grille. More importantly, India have won all five previous games in which Jadeja has crossed 50 with the bat: against the Kiwis in Kanpur, against England in Mohali and Chennai, against Bangladesh in Hyderabad and against the Aussies in Ranchi.

Jadeja's bowling has been a revelation this season and his 25-wicket tally means the spinner is likely to finish as the highest wicket-taker in the series.

Jadeja had come in to bat, at a time, when India were struggling at 221 for six, in their first innings; they were still trailing Australia by 79 runs. "We'll put it on Instagram", he said to the umpire.

"It feels good that people think that I am one of the responsible players of this team". In the meanwhile Ravindra Jadeja has been aptly named the man of the match and the man of the series. You get wickets all over the world, mate.

  • Julie Sanders