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‘All bowlers need to take wickets’

Ravindra Jadeja stood firmly behind underfire spinner Ravichandran Ashwin stating that it’s not the responsibility alone of the Tamil Nadu tweaker to get England to get all the wickets.

‘All bowlers need to take wickets’
R Jadeja (right) had the best figures among Indian bowlers


On first two days, there wasn’t great help for the spinners from the SCA Stadium track. Ashwin went for 167 runs from 46 overs with only two wickets to show for his efforts as England scored 537 with help of centuries from Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes. “We have five bowlers and all five bowlers have the responsibility and not only Ashwin. As it happens sometimes chances go down, it’s all part of the game. Everyone is responsible in equal measure.” 

Jadeja had the best figures amongst the five Indian bowlers ending with 3/86 from 30 overs but on the second day got to bowl only nine overs. Asked about it, the local lad sidestepped the issue. “That was captain’s thinking. He must have had his own reasons looking from the team’s point of view. I don’t think it was his plan to deliberately bowl Ashwin and Mishra more.” Jadeja also felt that losing the toss was crucial here. “I think the toss (that India lost) took away the game (from us). Everyone knows that on the first two days the Rajkot wicket suits batsmen and after that the spinners come into play. That’s all I can say,” added Jadeja.

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