Mumbai: After India ended the second day of the Sydney Test at 96/2, trailing Australia by 242 runs, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said if India wants to cement their position, every batsman will have to play crucial knocks.
Replying to ANI query, Jadeja said that not just Rahane or Pujara, but everybody will have to chip in with runs if India wishes to put on a quality total on day three.
“I think all batsmen have to play crucial knocks if we want to put on a good total on board. Not one batsman, but everyone’s contribution is necessary if we want to cement our position further in the match and if we play responsibly it will become easier to put runs on board,” said Jadeja while replying to a query from ANI.
Further, Ravindra Jadeja, the all-rounder of India, Jadeja rated the youngster as someone who has the temperament to play long innings in Test cricket. Gill, along with Rohit Sharma, started India’s first 50 runs after 14 innings on Friday.
“I think, he is technically very sound. He has the temperament to play long innings. It’s good that he got a start today, an early 70-run partnership with Rohit. It’s a good sign for India and hopes he comes good in the second innings as well,” Jadeja told the media during the virtual press conference at the end of the second day’s action at the SCG.
India’s all-rounder took four wickets and with a brilliant performance from Steve Smith put Australia on 338 runs in two days.
Jadeja said, “The wicket was very slow and I was not getting any turn from the wicket. So it was important to bowl at the same place every time. I wanted to bowl in good areas because our fast bowlers were doing the same. I had a plan. Not leaking runs and putting pressure on the batsman and for Smith, my approach was not to give him some easy runs.”
At stumps on the second day, India’s score read 96/2 — trailing Australia by 242 runs with eight wickets in the bag — with stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9) at the crease.