Ravindra Jadeja is nothing less than a wily assassin for India, as the way he goes about his task with precision is phenomenal indeed. The left arm spinner relies entirely on his accuracy to grind the batsman down by stemming the run flow and eventually causing the batsman to commit a fatal blunder. Following this method, Jadeja has achieved tremendous success as he remains a mighty tough customer to beat in India.
Among all wickets taken by Jadeja, one fine statistical aspect that has come to the fore has been his panache for dismissing the opposition captains. Out of 122 Test wickets, 18 have been those of the skippers of the opposing ranks, a figure as colossal as 15%. More often than not, the skippers are considered to be the best batsmen of the team, and Jadeja has ended up foxing those players with a lot of ease.
Among those 18 dismissals of captains, former England skipper Alastair Cook heads the list with 7 dismissals against the Saurashtra lad. Cook was all at sea against Jadeja during the recent Test series as the spinner decimated England’s best player of spin bowling. After Cook comes former Aussie captain Michael Clarke, who got out 5 times to Jadeja.
All those five dismissals for Clarke came during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy of 2013, which India won 4-0. Other than Cook and Clarke, South Africa’s Hashim Amla too found a nemesis in Jadeja as he was out three times against him during the Proteas’ four-match Test series in India in late 2015.
In the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, if India wants to make a daunting comeback, Jadeja will have to further increase this tally, as Steve Smith remains India’s biggest headache. If Jadeja manages to inflate that figure in the next few games, one could well witness India regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Ravindra Jadeja Vs All Captains:
- Alastair Cook – 7 times
- Michael Clarke – 5 times
- Hashim Amla – 3 times
- Shane Watson – 1 time
- Steve Smith – 1 time
- Graeme Smith – 1 time