Ravindra Jadeja (Photo Credits: Facebook)
New Delhi, 9 May: Indian team all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s skill in all three formats is not hidden from anyone and he is still the team’s first choice as an all-rounder. Jadeja has been included in the squad for the Test tour against England. Despite Akshar Patel’s better performance in the Test series against England earlier this year, Jadeja was included in the team. Akshar took 27 wickets in the home series against England. However, India’s hopes once again rested on Jadeja, who was included in the team for the England tour. Apart from bowling, Jadeja’s batting and fielding is also excellent.
New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris recently praised Jadeja during the IPL, saying, “I love Jadeja’s fielding a lot. Apart from Glenn Maxwell I think he is the best fielder in the world right now.” Jadeja, a 32-year-old player from Jamnagar, has not played international cricket since January this year. He was hit by a Pat Cummins ball in the third Test against Australia, after which he was dropped from the three-format series against England.
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Jadeja was out of all four Tests against England, after which Akshar was included in the team in his place. Jadeja plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and this was the first time since the tour of Australia that he took the field during IPL 2021. Jadeja took six wickets and scored 131 runs in seven matches before the IPL 2021 season was postponed. Apart from this, when other fielders were struggling to catch the ball due to dew, Jadeja took eight catches.
In the absence of Hardik Pandya, Jadeja’s role as an all-rounder will be quite important. Hardik is not fit to bowl and he has not got a place in the Test team. Jadeja is the primary all-rounder of the Indian team in England and it is expected that he will play most of the matches. His experience makes him young Washington Washington handsome and more important than the characters.
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Jadeja does more good at batting than Akshar and he has improved his batting a lot in the last few years. Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also praised Jadeja during the IPL. He had said, “Jadeja is such a player who can change the attitude of the match on his own. We have seen a lot of change in his batting in the last few years.”