During the first innings of the rescheduled test match between the host side, England, and India, former South African captain and batting powerhouse AB de Villiers spoke highly of the remarkable combination between Indian batters Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.
The batting superstar agreed with De Villiers’ assessment that the combo was among the “greatest” examples of counterattacking partnerships he has ever seen. It is important to point out that the away team was in a precarious situation after they lost 50 per cent of their team before hitting the 100-run mark in the first innings. However, both Pant and Jadeja performed well and stroked magnificent hundreds to ensure that India scored more than 400 runs in their first innings.
When India was 98 for five and Pant and Ravindra Jadeja joined each other at the crease, they were able to stitch together an amazing partnership of 222 runs. This enabled India to recover from its previous score of 98 for five. Pant, who bats left-handed, was the most aggressive of the two batsmen, as seen by the fact that he scored 146 runs off of only 111 balls. He got out to Joe Root during his innings, but not before smashing 19 fours and four sixes.
What did AB de Villiers say about the partnership between Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja?
“Haven’t been home and missed most of the Cricket action. Finished watching the highlights now. That counterattack partnership from @RishabhPant17 and @imjadeja is right up there with the best I’ve ever seen in Test Cricket!,” De Villiers wrote on Twitter.
Haven’t been home and missed most of the Cricket action. Finished watching the highlights now. That counterattack partnership from @RishabhPant17 and @imjadeja is right up there with the best I’ve ever seen in Test Cricket!
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) July 4, 2022
On Day 1, Jadeja ended the day Not Out, and on Day 2, he reached his century. After amassing more than 400 runs in their first innings, the visitors bowled very effectively and took a substantial advantage at the end of the first innings. England needs 377 runs to win. It is yet to be seen whether or not the courageous Indian team will win this game to achieve a memorable series triumph, or whether England will get these runs. Even if the game ends in a tie, the away team has a 2-1 lead in the series.