It took 37 Tests and 55 innings, for the Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to finally score his maiden ton. Jaddu managed this feat during day two of the first test match against West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Ground in Rajkot.
The left-handed was called into action after Rishabh Pant was dismissed for 92. Taking cue from Pant's aggressive batting display, Jaddu took the attack to the West Indian bowlers by hammering an unbeaten for 92 off 132 balls, in an innings that was laced with five boundaries and five sixes.
However, the 29-year-old's century didn't come easy as expected, with Kraigg Brathwaite standing as the biggest obstacle between his century. Jaddu was given one extra life after he was dropped at 78 by Hetymer off Brathwaite's bowling.
After that minor hiccup, Jadeja switched gears as he raced to his 90s after scoring a six and four in the next two overs, while India continued to lose wickets on the other. But then came Kraigg Brathwaite again and he delayed Jadeja's moment after bowling a maiden over.
The all-rounder somehow managed to scrape towards the 99 run-mark in the next over, after which Jadeja's menace was back - Kraigg Brathwaite, who looked determined to upset Jadeja. The West Indian bowled three dots, before Jadeja managed to connect the fourth delivery for a single.
And then came the moment Ravindra Jadeja had been waiting for, he raced across the other end of the pitch like he was running for his life. Upon completion of the run, with his arms outstretched he looked skyward before unleashing his trademark celebration.
To make the occasion sweeter, Ravindra Jadeja managed this feat in front of his home crowd in Rajkot, who acknowledged the batsman's blitzkrieg innings with a raucous applause. Even his teammates were on their feet cheering with huge smiles on their faces, as the camera panned towards the Indian dressing room.
Immediately after Jadeja's ton, Virat Kohli signaled from the dugout for Jaddu to return as India declared the innings at 649 for 9 in 149. 5 overs.