Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been going through a purple patch in his career especially in the longest format of the game and has played a pivotal role in India winning series after series over the past year or so. After bagging the numero uno status in the Test rankings for bowlers, Jadeja has also leapfrogged Shakib Al Hasan as the No.1 all-rounder in Tests. A huge achievement indeed, given the fact that India has been always devoid of quality all-rounders.
In the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka Jadeja scored a stroke filled 70 of 84 balls which included 4 fours and 3 hits over the fence and then bagged yet another five wicket haul in Sri Lanka’s 2nd innings. It was due to his all-round effort that Jadeja escalated to the top of the all-rounder’s chart as per the latest ICC Rankings. Despite his dream run, Jadeja should be wary of the fact that he needs to deliver in overseas conditions especially in Australia, South Africa and England to prove himself as a bowler for all conditions.
Former Indian skipper Nari Contractor who coached Jadeja when he was just 14 said that he needs to deliver when the conditions are not favourable for spinners.
“The biggest advantage is that he has been playing under conditions that are favouring him such as in Sri Lanka where the ball is turning by a yard. He has been scoring runs also and is gradually going up the ladder, but the real test will come when we tour abroad where wickets are not going to favour the spinners — places like South Africa, England, Australia. At one stage you rise in your life and this is the stage where he and Ashwin are going one step ahead. I am happy, but let’s wait and see how they perform abroad. That is where their value will be really assessed,” Contractor was quoted as saying by mid-day yesterday.
The contractor also conceded that the Indian team is not competing against strong teams.
“We are playing against Sri Lanka, which is not very highly ranked; played the West Indies earlier. The oppositions and playing conditions have been helping certain individuals and Jadeja is one of them,” Contractor said.
Despite a stellar performance in the 2nd Test Jadeja have to miss out the 3rd Test against the Islanders after breaching ICC’s code of conduct in the 2nd Test. He was banned after accumulating 6 demerit points over the past 24 months. The former Indian captain was glad that Jadeja’s suspension came when he has been at the peak of his game.
“With experience and success, all these things come up. It is good that it has come now because he has to learn not to be excessively aggressive. Everybody on a cricket field gets excited sometime or the other, but behaviour on the field has to be controlled whether the player likes it or not. The series has been decided and it will give us the chance to play the next spinner now. In a way, it is a blessing in disguise, Contractor signed off.