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Ravindra Jadeja wins praise from Ravichandran Ashwin after dramatic India win

Ravindra Jadeja excelled in Ravichandran Ashwin’s backyard with a stunning seven-wicket haul as India won a memorable Test match against England by an innings in Chennai.

cricket Updated: Dec 20, 2016 21:30 IST
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Team India players celebrate their innings win in the 5th Test match between India and England held at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. (BCCI)

Ravichandran Ashwin returned with his lowest figures in India on Tuesday but that didn’t matter as his partner in crime Ravindra Jadeja returned with seven crucial wickets as India thrashed England by an innings and 75 runs in Chennai on Tuesday. (HIGHLIGHTS)

“It was a good experience, bowling on a flat tack and getting a five-for,” was Ravindra Jadeja’s modest reply on being asked how he felt after recording his best figures in Test cricket. Jadeja spoke mostly in Gujarati during his post-match chat with Ravi Shastri. (SCORECARD)

Ravichandran Ashwin, who bagged just one wicket in the match at his home ground, heaped praise on Jadeja’s heroics. (WINNING MOMENTS)

“It was a challenging track to bowl on, I thought he did really well to vary his pace. We wanted to be very aggressive, come out and knock a couple over,” said Ashwin.

“The heartening fact was everyone in the series was in the game. They put their hand up, Ishant (Sharma), Umesh (Yadav) got crucial wickets. Jaddu hardly gives anything away, which gives me freedom to give it a bit more air and vary the pace.”

India took all 10 wickets on Day 5 of the Test match to win the five-match series 4-0. It was almost a repeat for England, who had lost all 10 wickets in one session in the Dhaka Test against Bangladesh in October before arriving in India.

Skipper Virat Kohli, who finished as the Man of the Series, praised Ravindra Jadeja for his seven-star show.

“We understood that if we got a couple of wickets, it could slide pretty quickly...Jadeja doing his job, picking up seven - it was great to watch,” said Kohli.

First Published: Dec 20, 2016 16:43 IST