Shardul Thakur reveals why Ravindra Jadeja batted at No.5 in the first innings

Ravindra Jadeja

The Indian cricket team surprised many fans when the team management decided to send Ravindra Jadeja to bat at number five in the ongoing Test match between the Indian cricket team and the England cricket team at Kennington Oval in London. Jadeja could not make much of an impact although he received a promotion. 

In the previous games of this series, Jadeja batted lower down the order and contributed some crucial runs. Since he was in good touch and the Indian cricket team wanted to have a right hand-left hand combination in the middle with skipper Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja received a promotion. 

Replying to a question asked by Sportskeeda at the virtual press conference after Day 1 of the 4th Test match between the Indian cricket team and the England cricket team, Shardul Thakur said: 

"We have seen that on a number of occasions Jadeja has scored crucial runs and coming to England, if you saw his batting in the first Test and also at Lord's in the first innings, he's been trying to stay on the pitch, he's batting patiently and just to use that left-right combination we sent him up the order.”

Shardul Thakur destroyed the English bowling lineup after Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane could not score much 

It was the day of Shardul Thakur in London yesterday. The bowling all-rounder smashed one of the fastest fifties in Test cricket history to take the Indian cricket team’s first innings score past 150. 

It looked like the Indian cricket team would score more than 200 runs in the first innings, but after Chris Woakes dismissed Shardul Thakur, the Indian innings ended for 191 runs. India performed well with the ball in the final session of the opening day. Umesh Yadav dismissed the danger man Joe Root, and now India will look to restrict England in the range of 200. 

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