‘I want to use Ravindra Jadeja as a batsman’ – Rohit Sharma says after all-rounder’s marathon knock of 175 in Mohali Test


Ravindra Jadeja emerged as a star in the 1st Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali. He contributed really well with the bat and ball in the game. The southpaw smashed a remarkable knock of 175* runs and grabbed 9 wickets in the match. Post-match, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma praised Jadeja’s contribution with the bat, and the former revealed that he wants to use him more as a batsman going ahead with Team India.

India won the 1st Test by a mammoth margin of 222 runs against Sri Lanka. The hosts performed exceedingly well in every respective department of the game. Jadeja took the game away from visitors single-handedly. He created several records on the back of his marathon knock. He broke Kapil Dev’s long-standing record for the highest score by an Indian coming to bat at No.7 or below in Test cricket. Kapil held this record for 35 years. 

Rohit Sharma says Ravindra Jadeja will be used more as a batsman

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja

After 1st Test, Rohit Sharma said that as a skipper he wants to use Ravindra Jadeja more as a batsman. He added that southpaw is one of the best all-rounders currently in international cricket and Team India is honored to have him in the side.

“As a captain, I want to use Jadeja a lot more with the bat. We all know his bowling and everyone knows about his fielding. To me, he is one of the top (all-rounders) definitely. Look at the performances. To score 175 not out and take nine wickets in the game, he’s just upping his game every time we see him,” Rohit said in the post-match press conference.

“In the past as well, when we played in India, his contribution with the bat lower down the order and taking those crucial wickets (has been great). You know, he just seems to be adding a lot more to his game every time he plays. He’s very hungry, as you can see. That hunger is something that drives athletes to move forward. I see that in Jadeja clearly. He’s quite hungry for success, for runs and do well for the team,” he added.

Rohit Sharma asserted that Jadeja wants to take responsibility and perform in challenging situations and the same happened during the T20I series against Sri Lanka.

“He wants to take the responsibility, he wants to take the challenge. The example was there in the T20I series against Sri Lanka. I just casually asked him if he would want to bat up the order, and he was open to it. That is why we asked him to go up in the first T20,” said Rohit further.

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