When the Indian squad for the Zimbabwe tour was announced, a striking feature of it was the dropping of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja from the team. Instead of Jadeja, the selectors chose to rely on the likes of Stuart Binny and Axar Patel, both of whom were included in the World Cup squad but did not feature in any match.
It came as a surprise as Jadeja, who till now had the blessing of skipper MS Dhoni, had hardly missed any ODI match in the recent times. But after suffering a devastating defeat in the hands of Bangladesh and Jadeja’s repeated not-so-good performances, may be the selectors ran out of patience and decided to experiment with Binny and Patel and its safe to say now, their gamble paid off.
In the recently concluded ODI series in Zimbabwe , where India thrashed the hosts 3-0, both the players put up impressive performances and are now eyeing to be in the ‘actual’ Indian team, Jadeja’s place to be specific. The conditions in Zimbabwe supports seam bowling which Binny managed to exploit well. He managed to scalp 6 wickets in the 3 matches and emerged as the joint-top wicket taker. Patel, with his left arm spin, finished with 5 wickets right behind Binny.
Talking of their batting abilities, Binny clearly stays miles ahead of Patel. It was mainly due to Binny and Ambati Rayudu’s courageous partnership, India was able to walk away with a narrow win. So to be precise, India now has two all-rounders whom they can use as the playing conditions suits them accordingly. In the pitches which are spin friendly, Axar will have the upper hand while on pace and bouncy pitches, Binny’s will be the clear favourite to start the game. But the latter’s batting capabilities puts him slightly ahead of Patel, who is yet to show worth his with the bat.
Its a really good news for India altogether but definitely not for Sir Jadeja because if both of them continue to keep up their good all-round show, his chances of making a comeback to the team remain bleak.