England vs India second Test: ‘When Jadeja came in you felt he was going to do something special’

The intent was there, he was positive from ball one

Lord's

With Alastair Cook’s status as England captain as vulnerable as it has ever been, it was only fitting that the man to push him even deeper into crisis should be Ravindra Jadeja.

It was Jadeja’s row with Anderson in the pavilion at Trent Bridge during the first Investec Test that has left the England pace bowler facing a possible Test ban, with the preliminary hearing into the incident due to begin  tomorrow.

Jadeja’s fearless half-century put England on the back foot and left Paul Farbrace, the home side’s assistant coach, as the latest man forced to defend Cook, who is without a Test century since last May. Now, on a turning pitch, Jadeja has the chance to strike a potentially decisive blow to England’s leader.

Asked whether the clash with Anderson had galvanised Jadeja, team-mate Murali Vijay said: “I think so. The intent [in his innings] was special so obviously it’s helping us.”

Cook had ground his way to 22 in more than two hours before he was the fourth England wicket to fall. The case for retaining him as captain grows ever weaker and it is possible that, should England lose this Test, he might step down before the third Test at Southampton, which starts on Sunday.

Read more: Cook faces the end as England let things slip
Captain Cook's ship is fas taking on water

It might be difficult to believe, but Farbrace insists it is business as usual. “Nothing has changed whatsoever and the situation is not affecting him,” he said. “We all want him to score runs. We are very much behind him, as is everyone in team.

“He is aware that he needs to score runs and that is what he wants to do for the team. It sounds like I’m trying to boost him up, but I’ve been impressed by the way he copes. He is starting to develop a good relationship with [coach] Peter Moores, he is unflappable and he speaks well to the team. There is no question that he is our leader and we want him to do well and score runs. That is the absolute key for Alastair.

“As for the senior players, you always want more from them and you want people contributing, but their contribution at practice has been fantastic. I can’t praise them highly enough.”

Chasing 319 for victory, England lost Sam Robson early before the partnership between Cook and Gary Ballance yielded 58. Then came the collapse, as Mohammed Shami removed Ballance and Ishant Sharma dismissed Ian Bell and Cook. The home side had lost three wickets for two runs in the space of 20 deliveries.

Joe Root and Moeen Ali guided the side to the close, at which England were 105 for 4, needing an unlikely 214 more runs to reach the highest successful fourth-innings target by an England side at the home of cricket.

At the start of the day, England knew that a solid bowling performance would give them an excellent chance of victory and would have eased the pressure on their struggling captain.

Yet after removing MS Dhoni, Stuart Binny and  Vijay to leave India 235 for 7 –  a lead of 211 – Jadeja and  Bhuvneshwar Kumar counter-attacked boldly and England’s bowlers were unable to tie them down.

Kumar was dropped, crucially, by Root when he had made only two – he would score 50 more – while Jadeja struck an unorthodox but brutally effective 68 from 57 deliveries.

When Jadeja was out, it brought to an end a partnership of 99 from 100 deliveries with Kumar. It looked like a stand that would win the match, especially when England were so meek in the afternoon and the evening.

Vijay said: “When Jadeja came in, I could feel the energy about him and I could sense that he was going to do something special. The intent was there. He was positive from ball one and we needed a person like that.

“The pitch is doing a lot for the spinner [Jadeja] which is good for us. We have to hope it stays the same on day five.”

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones