Ajinkya Rahane, India’s most successful batsman in the first innings of the second Test against Australia, went for a quick single and lost his wicket while trying to get Ravindra Jadeja to half a century. In the 100th over of India’s first innings, Jadeja, who batted at 49, pushed a pitch by Nathan Lyon into short cover for a quick single. However, Marnus Labuschagne sprinted for the ball and made an accurate throw to wicket-keeper Tim Paine, who declined bail while Rahane was only marginally short of ground.
However, Rahane’s gesture after being rejected drew applause on social media. The Indian captain appeared to reassure Jadeja and ask his teammate to continue after their groundbreaking partnership came to an end with 121 points.
Excellent gesture through @ ajinkyarahane88 to keep Jaddu motivated and let him know the job isn’t done yet.#Boxing Day # boxingday2020 #BoxingDayTest #AUSfIND #AUSvsIND #AUSfINDtest #INDvAUS #Australia #ausvsindonsony #Aus #India #IndianCricketTeam #AjinkyaRahane #RavindraJadeja pic.twitter.com/1r94OnH05W
– (@ Shubhamdohare9) December 28, 2020
Rahane’s sportsmanship is fantastic … even Jadeja took him out, encouraging him to continue without any burden. Great gesture !!#INDvAUS
– Ankur Kumar (@ ankurkumar78) December 28, 2020
Nice gesture from Rahane, he cheered on Jadeja after the mistake that led to the wicket by overrun by the captain. pic.twitter.com/m9Fv0SP5QT
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 28, 2020
The Indian captain was exhausted for a well-made 112, while India had more than 100 runs ahead at the time of his dismissal.
Jadeja eventually reached his fifties before being caught in the deep by Pat Cummins at Mitchell Starc.
India, which had finished the second day at 277 for 5, folded to 326 on the third morning of the Test and led Australia with 131 runs in the first innings.
Jadeja was later fired for 57 in the innings as India lost 5 to 49 in the first session.
Earlier in day two, Rahane brought up his 11th Test 100 and first as captain, after India sacked Australia for 195 on the first day.
India is looking to level the series in Melbourne after losing the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets.
India was limited to their lowest Test total ever of 36 for 9 in the second innings of the first Test after leading Australia in the first innings.
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