India vs Australia 2nd ODI: During the second one-day international between India and Australia, fiery Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja joined an exclusive list already studded with some of the biggest names of world cricket. After scoring 10 runs in the 2nd ODI versus Australia in Nagpur, Jadeja joined legends Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev in an elite list of Indian all-rounders.
The Jamnagar-born player became the third Indian cricketer to complete a magnificent score 2,000 runs and take more than 150 wickets in the 50-over format. The ‘God of Cricket’ – Tendulkar, who scored 18,426 runs and picked up 154 wickets in 463 ODIs tops the list. While 1983 World Cup winning Indian captain Kapil in at the second spot with 3,783 runs and 254 wickets under his belt. Jadeja, who has played 148 ODIs so far has taken 171 wickets.
Jadeja (21) came in at a very crucial time when India were placed precariously on 171/6. With skipper Virat Kohli on the other side, the 30-year old helped Kohli to stabilise the Indian innings. He along with Indian captain knitted a crucial 67-run stand for the 7th wicket to stem the fall of wickets.
2000+ runs & 150+ wickets for India in ODIs:
Kapil Dev (3782, 253)
Sachin Tendulkar (18426, 154)
Ravindra Jadeja (2000, 171)
Earlier, Australia won the toss and asked India to bat first in the second ODI of the ongoing five-match ODI series at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday. Following the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he was looking to bat first, considering the pitch conditions.
Talking about the team combination, Kohli informed that they have not made any changes in the playing XI from the first ODI.
“We wanted to bat first, pretty much a no-brainer. Not much dew in the evening and it is a dry surface. Not typical of the kind of pitches you get here does not look like it will bounce much. We expect it to deteriorate further as the game progresses. We have the same team. We spoke about the middle order coming through when the top three does not click, so we need such games. Guys are looking for opportunities. It was a good performance for us, hopefully, we can keep it going,” Kohli said after the toss.