Ravindra Jadeja had a game-changing 222-run partnership with Rishabh Pant before scoring a critical century on day 2 to put India in command. The all-rounder was overjoyed with his performance, since he reached the century in new surroundings and with the ball moving about. Jadeja also said that he concentrated on playing near to the body and originally tried to leave as many deliveries outside the off-stump as possible.

“I’m feeling extremely fantastic,” he added during the news conference. “To hit a hundred in England in swinging conditions, I can certainly take some confidence in myself as a player from this.” Yes, it does feel nice. You must play close to the body in England. The ball swings here, so if you want to play the cover or square-drive, you may be able to edge to the cordon. My original goal was to avoid playing at too many balls outside of off-stump.

“When the cover or point is empty, it’s tempting to knock the ball through for a boundary, but you may go out in the slips.” My sole thinking was to hit the ball that was near to me and hit it straight. Fortunately, all of the balls I chose were in my zones and could be transformed into limits. “If you know where your off-stump is, you can leave the balls outside that line,” he continues.

In addition, England’s spearhead, James Anderson, who bagged his 32nd five-wicket haul, said that Jadeja left the ball extremely well and that playing at No.7 allows him to play more like an experienced batsman. “Previously, he was coming at 8, bat with the tail, so he had to take a little risk with his arm, while now at 7, he can bat like a genuine hitter.” He departs very well and has made things tough for us.”