New Delhi: After guiding Kerala to a respectable total of 192 for 5 on day one with a resilient century against Services, opener VA Jagadeesh on Saturday said that he will look to play a long innings for the team on Sunday.
Speaking to Cricketnext, Jagadeesh said, “We have lost five batsmen already and the responsibility will be on me to take the innings forward. I’ll try to stay till the end tomorrow as well. I think if we bat sensibly we can take the score past the 350-run mark.”
After being put into bat by Services, Kerala were off to a good start with openers Jagadeesh and Abhishek Hegde scoring 49 runs for the first wicket but the hosts were able to get the breakthrough at regular intervals. Only Jagadeesh’s looked at ease playing the Services pacers as he racked up his third first class century. When stumps were drawn on day one, Jagadeesh was batting on 126 not out with P Antaf on five.
“Anthaf is on the other end with me. When he came on to bat, I was telling him again and again to play straight. I also told him not to hit every ball. Hope we will apply the same formula tomorrow morning as well”, Jagadeesh added.
The 29-year-old, whose highest first class score is 127, dismissed the chances of getting to a double saying that the priority will be to take the team total past 350. “I am not looking for it (double hundred) now. I have to score for the team first. On day two, my aim will be to take the team’s score past 350 and put them in a strong position.”
On being asked about the pitch, the Kerala batsman said, “When I came to open the innings, the ball was swinging. We had a bit problem while facing the ball in the morning, maybe be because of dew I think. After that, the ball was coming on to the bat well. The track is good for batting once you get your eyes in.”