Ravindra Jadeja expressed gratitude to skipper Rohit Sharma for allowing him to bat higher in the batting order in the second T20I against Sri Lanka. When India needed 58 runs to chase 184, Ravindra Jadeja came in to bat at No. 5 in the 14th over.
Shreyas Iyer, who was batting at 64 from 36 balls at the time, was relieved of the pressure. On his first ball against Chamika Karunaratne, the left-handed batsman leaned forward and found the gap to push the ball over the extra cover region for a boundary.
Ravindra Jadeja in the 2nd T20I
After returning to action after a knee injury, the left-arm spin all-rounder blasted his way to an 18-ball 45 not out batting at No 5 in the second T20I against Sri Lanka, helping India to a series-clinching seven-wicket win on Saturday.
In the 16th over, Ravindra Jadeja smashed Dushmantha Chameera for 21 runs, including three boundaries and a six that was a dropped catch, albeit a difficult one, by Charith Asalanka near the ropes. Jadeja’s innings included seven fours and a six.
He batted at No. 5 for the first time in T20Is. For the second time in his career, Jadeja was sent out at No. 4 in the first match of the series.
Ravindra Jadeja on Rohit Sharma
After that game, Rohit Sharma stated that he wanted ‘more’ from Jadeja and that he believes he should be promoted higher than his current No. 6 and 7 positions.
“Yeah, absolutely, you know, I would like to thank Rohit because he trusted me and believed in me that I can score runs for my team. Hopefully, whenever I get an opportunity in the future, I’ll try and give my best, play according to the situation, and win the game for my team”, Jadeja said at the post-match press conference.
He only faced four balls in the first match, but he made the most of the opportunity he had with the bat on Saturday. He also picked up one wicket in each of the games.
“I am feeling better, I am confident and I am good to go. I am glad that I played a good inning for my team. Hopefully, I continue in the same in the coming games,” he added.