India vs Australia 5th ODI: Has Ravindra Jadeja Booked a Place in the 2019 World Cup Squad?
Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja strengthened his case for the 2019 ICC World Cup after a stellar performance with the ball in hand during the 5th and the series-deciding ODI against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. The left-arm spin bowling all-rounder bagged two crucial wickets and was one of the major reasons why Australia couldn’t quite get the boundaries in the middle overs. In his quota of 10 overs, Ravindra Jadeja finished with figures of 2/45 bagging the wickets of Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell.
Ravindra Jadeja finished with figures of 2/45
Coming into bowl in a tough powerplay phase, Jadeja bowled in the correct areas and the odd ball turned sharply to trouble the opposition batsman. Jaddu castled Aaron Finch with a peach of a delivery. The ball pitched in the middle and leg stump and turned just enough to take the top of the off stump. His 2nd wicket came in the form of Glenn Maxwell as he induced a false shot from the swashbuckling batsman with a fuller length delivery. Captain Virat Kohli completed a good catch in the covers.
All in all, he bowled in the right areas which didn’t really allow Australia to break free in the middle overs. Even in the field he was a livewire and yet again stopped quite a few runs. He definitely made a strong case for himself and is an expected face in the Indian squad for the World Cup. Courtesy his performance with the ball today, Jadeja showed why Virat Kohli is persisting with him. He bowled in the right areas and troubled the Australian batters. He has been the best Indian fielder for a long time and has saved 15-20 runs in most of the matches he has been part of. It makes him a must in the squad for the 2019 World Cup.
Ravindra Jadeja lends the perfect balance in the ODI team
He is also a fine lower middle order batsman but has not played that defining innings in the 50 overs format yet. But after his performance with the ball in the series decider, he has surely strengthened his case for the 2019 World Cup. Jadeja happens to one of the premier bowlers in the Test format but like his Test partner Ravichandran Ashwin he lost his ODI place after the 2017 Champions Trophy.
They were taken for plenty of runs in the final against Pakistan. Following the tournament, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were preferred and since then the duo has taken heaps of wicket for India. However, the injury to Hardik Pandya in the Asia Cup 2018 proved to be a blessing in disguise for Jadeja as he made a mark with the ball in the tournament.
Ravindra Jadeja might have a booked a place in the 2019 World Cup
Since then the all-rounder has been part of the ODI squad in the all the series. Though he hasn’t been part of the playing XI in all the matches, he has been preferred over Yuzvendra Chahal at least in this series. Courtesy his performance today, Jadeja has certainly booked a place for the World. However, whether he would be in the Playing XI in most of the matches remains a doubt.
Jadeja has a good record in English conditions, especially in the 50 overs format. During India’s triumphant 2013 Champions Trophy campaign, Jadeja was the highest wicket-taker and proved to be a lethal option for Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Along with Ashwin he bowled the final few overs in the final against England and successfully defended a small total. Hence in all likelihood, Jadeja will in the flight which will fly to England for the World Cup slated to be played in England and Wales.
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