Classic Jadeja on vintage Chepauk in IPL 2023 Qualifier against GT

Classic Jadeja on vintage Chepauk in IPL 2023 Qualifier against GT

Ravindra Jadeja bowled one short on the off-stump and for a microsecond, Shubman Gill lined up to pull it away. Life had been all flowery for the last seven odd days for the GT opener, where he hit 9 of his 23 sixes for the IPL 2023 in just two games and had two back-to-back centuries before arriving at Chepauk yesterday. But this was CSK welcoming him with a deceiving Chepauk surface that confused batters all through Monday evening.

The ball was short but not enough to play a pull. Shubman abort midway and stared at the pitch to grasp what had just happened as the ball spun midway and Dhoni collected it. This was the sign of the times at Chepauk and Gill can smell the disaster in the middle overs that was about to come. 

Gill took a break of holding himself back against the spinners with a quick charge down the pitch but only fetched a single. Then he chose a risky option of slog sweeping from outside off-stump to score his first boundary for more than two overs.

“If Jaddu gets conditions that help him, he’s very difficult to hit. His bowling changed the game,” Dhoni said.

A classic Jadeja special – 4 overs | 12 dots | 18 runs | 2 wickets – on a vintage Chepauk stadium came as a breath of fresh air for the man taking his side to their 10th IPL.

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