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Ravindra Jadeja in awe of Virat Kohli’s stunning slip catch in 1st ODI vs WI: It was a very good effort

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By India Today Sports Desk: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was a happy man that Virat Kohli returned the favor to him with a terrific catch in his bowling during India’s 5-wicket win in the first ODI of a 3-match series against the West Indies in Barbados on Thursday, July 27. Jadeja said Kohli’s sensational slip catch boosted the confidence of the bowlers on a pitch that was not easy for batting at the Kensington Oval.

Virat Kohli was switched on in the slips in the first ODI as India won the toss and opted to field before bowling West Indies out for 114 in just 23 overs. Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav came up with a sensational hunt as a pair as the two spinners shared 7 wickets between them.

Kuldeep Yadav’s spell was particularly remarkable, with figures of 4 for 6 in three overs, breaking the backbone of the Windies’ batting lineup. Jadeja complemented Yadav’s performance with his 3 for 37, adding to the home team’s woes.

Jadeja turned the momentum in India’s favor with a double-wicket over as West Indies lost their last 7 wickets for just 36 runs. Jadeja dismissed big-hitter Rovman Powell and Romario Shepherd in the 18th over of the contest as West Indies were left 6 down before Kuldeep wiped off the tail.

The wicket of Romario Shepherd was special as the batter went for an expansive drive and paid the price by offering a chance to Virat Kohli who was at slip cordon. It was a sensational take from the former captain who stayed low and stretched his right hand as he flaunted his reflexes. The ball stuck to Kohli’s hands as Jadeja spun a web around the West Indies batting unit.

“I felt good… I always take catches off others’ bowling and when someone takes a good catch in my bowling, it felt good. It was a very good catch, he had to take it low and it was a sharp catch,” Jadeja, who is known for his sensational fielding and catching efforts, told the BCCI after India’s victory in the first ODI.

“He did not get a lot of time. The batter went for a drive and he had less than a second to react. I would say it was a very very good catch. Shubman Gill also took a nice catch. It was also a low catch. On wickets like these, only when the bowlers get the support of the fielders, their confidence will be boosted. These half-chances should be converted into wickets, then only the bowlers will feel confident,” he added.

India’s win was not only a testament to the individual performances of players like Jadeja and Yadav but also a reflection of the team’s overall strength and strategy. The decision to bowl first, taken by Rohit Sharma, paid off as the team capitalised on the pitch conditions and the excellent catches by the fielders.

This victory extends India’s dominance over the West Indies, marking their ninth consecutive win against the team. It also sets the tone for the remaining matches in the series, with India leading 1-0.

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