‘We wouldn’t have lost if…’ Ravindra Jadeja’s huge statement ahead of third Test vs England

As the Indian cricket team prepares for the crucial third Test against England, confidence within the camp seems to have been buoyed by the return of a key player, Ravindra Jadeja. The all-rounder had been side-lined due to a hamstring injury but has now been cleared to play and was present at the pre-match press conference, held in Rajkot—his home ground. The news comes at a critical juncture with the five-match Test series poised at 1-1; England secured a win in the opening Test in Hyderabad by a narrow margin of 28 runs, with India rallying to victory in the second Test at Visakhapatnam by a convincing 106 runs.

England’s assertive style of play has caused quite a stir on the cricketing landscape after their impressive comeback from a 190-run deficit in Hyderabad. However, Jadeja dismisses the notion that the English side presents an insurmountable challenge. Reflecting on the first Test, he believes that without certain errors committed in India’s second innings, the outcome would have favored the home team. In Jadeja’s words, “I won’t term England as one of the most difficult teams. It hasn’t been easy for other teams to come to India and play. If it wasn’t for small mistakes in the second innings of the first Test, we wouldn’t have lost.”

His comments speak to the high standards and expectations within the Indian squad, and hint at a determination to rectify past errors. Jadeja’s presence could add much-needed balance to the team, not just with his bowling but also his lower-order batting, which has often rescued India from precarious situations.

The upcoming Test also presents a significant personal milestone for Jadeja’s teammate, spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, who is on the cusp of joining the elite 500-wicket club in Test cricket—currently just one wicket shy of the landmark. Commenting on Ashwin’s imminent achievement, Jadeja expressed both excitement and camaraderie, a testament to their long-standing partnership on the field. “Ashwin will complete his 500 wickets in Rajkot. I am very excited for him as I have been playing with him for the last 12-13 years. I thought he would complete it in the first Test but now he will do it in my hometown,” he shared.

The synergy between Jadeja and Ashwin has been a cornerstone of India’s bowling strategy, particularly on home soil where spin often dominates. With both of them in the playing eleven, India’s bowling attack gains a fearsome edge.

The English team, while brimming with aggression, will be well aware of the challenges lying ahead as they step into Rajkot—a ground where the spectators will certainly be vociferously supporting the home side. The contest, as it unfolds, promises to be a gripping encounter, with both teams looking to tip the balance in their favor as the series progresses.

India, with its blend of seasoned players and new talent, is gearing up for what could be a defining match in the series. With Jadeja back in the squad and Ashwin’s landmark on the horizon, spirits within the Indian camp are understandably high. As the players take to the pitch, the nation’s expectations will weigh heavily on their shoulders, but it is this very pressure that has often brought out the best in them.

The stage is set, and the cricketing world watches with bated breath as two cricketing powerhouses clash in a battle of technique, strategy, and sheer willpower to emerge as the leading side. The third Test in Rajkot is more than just a game; it is a showcase of resilience and the ever-enthralling saga of Test cricket.

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