He is an expert in ‘talwarbazi’ and can also ride the horse like a trained jockey—’Sir’ Ravindra Jadeja knows exactly how to live it up. Though India has been having an unforgettable run in the ongoing Test series against Australia, a moment in the field today may have given him a right lift-of-mood moment. The glorious incident took place on day 3 of the second Test in Bengaluru, when Ravichandran Ashwin had bowled one to Mitchell Starc, who has proved to be a thorn in India’s flesh.

Australia were 269 for 6 when Starc went for a wild slog. He got the connection right but not right out of the screws. It went up in the air towards deep mid wicket, where Ravindra Jadeja was stationed at that time. He ran towards his left, judged it, assessed things and the put his left hand out. The ball fell upon Jadeja’s palms. No unnecessary juggles, as simple as it gets.


For a moment, it seemed that the left arm spinner had glue in his hands and had a fair idea that the ball would be coming in his direction. That is anticipation at its best. Australia were soon bundled out for 276.

The wicket was very crucial from India’s point of view as they had not got a wicket till then and were getting desperate by the minute.

India got off to a brisk start and went in to lunch for the loss of no wickets at 38. However, four wickets fell in quick succession and at tea, the Blues stood at 122/4.