Ravindra Jadeja credits Virat Kohli for gritty hundred on tough wicket

Ravindra Jadeja credits Virat Kohli for gritty hundred on tough wicket

Ravindra Jadeja praised Virat Kohli for his record-breaking ton in Kolkata on Sunday, which laid the groundwork for India’s massive victory.

Jadeja praised Kohli for his 49th ODI century, which matched Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing record, pointing out how he guided the team through a difficult afternoon on a slow, turning wicket at Eden Gardens.

“In the afternoon, there was turn and it was slow, so batters couldn’t hit well,” Jadeja explained at the post-match press conference.

“But credit to Virat and the middle-order batters for handling their spinners so well.”

“I’d say this is also special for him because of how the wicket was in the afternoon.” At one point, it felt like 260-270 was also fine, and I imagine that rotating the strike and taking boundaries must have been difficult at the time.

“So, especially when the team was struggling to get a run, both their spinners were bowling well, and at such a time to rotate the strike, to take boundaries, and to get a score of above 300 and be not out – that is a very big achievement and a very big effort from him,” Jadeja went on to say.

South African spinners Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi brought down the run rate in the middle overs after Rohit Sharma got India off to a flying start. The dismissal of Shubman Gill by Maharaj with a delivery that turned square foreshadowed the challenge that awaited the Indian batters.

However, an unfazed Kohli, with solid support from Shreyas Iyer, led India through the difficult period. The Proteas’ head coach, Rob Walters, agreed that his team conceded far more than he would have liked, but he blamed the pitch.

“I think it would be very short-sighted and unfair of me to blame the pitch,” Walters told the media after the game.

“One side scores 320, while we are bowled out for 80.” That doesn’t make sense, does it?

“To be fair, as I previously stated, 320 was too much on that pitch.” I believe we will all agree that it was probably 70 or 80 too many. However, I believe India performed admirably. And I wouldn’t blame it on the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Jadeja explained that the decision to bat first was made to test the batting on a slow pitch and to see how the bowlers would react to dew later in the evening.

“We were trying to challenge ourselves after winning the toss.” We might not have scored as many runs if we had bowled in the afternoon.

“As I previously stated, the ball was stopping frequently and there was no bounce. And the turn was getting stronger. It was constantly turning.

“So it was a challenge for us to bat first, and if the dew came in the second innings, how could we bowl with the dew?” Because if such a situation arises during the knockout stage, we must be prepared to deal with it. That was the only explanation.”

India moved to the top of the points table with their eighth straight win, while South Africa, who also made the semi-finals, will hope to learn from the game ahead of the knockout phase.

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