Star all-rounder and local boy Ravindra Jadeja believe that losing the toss at Rajkot has dented India’s chances more than three English batsmen hitting centuries in the first innings.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, England capitalised against the hosts by posting a mammoth total of 537 runs.
Firstly, Joe Root scored a hundred on day 1 and then, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes smashed a hundred on the second day of the first Test.
Speaking to reporters, Jadeja said : “I think toss took the game away from us.” “We all know how the Rajkot pitch is. First two days, it is suitable for batsmen and then spinners come into play.”
England has arrived in India after suffering a defeat against the mighty Bangladesh in the second test match. And Jadeja also believes that conditions for the visitors are quite different at Rajkot. “I think the main thing is that the surface was pretty different from Bangladesh,” he said. “There the ball was turning sharp. Here only the odd ball is turning”, he added.
The 27 year-old also told that there was no special instruction for the batsmen on how to go about their innings. “We have to score whatever runs are on the board”. “Tomorrow is crucial, we need to play good, positive cricket. “We need to play according to the merit of the ball and not plan too much.”