Mohammad Kaif, who represented India from 2000 to 2006 in 13 Tests and 125 ODIs said Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is grossly underrated despite debuting for India way back in 2009 and India would miss him dearly in the remainder of T20Is against Australia as pacer Shardul Thakur replaced him in last two T20Is after he was injured during batting.
He suffered a concussion and also has a hamstring injury while his 44 off 23 balls rescued India after a middle-order collapse in the first T20I.
Mohammad Kaif: Ravindra Jadeja Provides Much Needed Balance And Deserves More Respect
Ravindra Jadeja showed that he is India’s one of the most prominent performers who can contribute with both ball and bat by scoring an unbeaten 66 in 3rd and final ODI before his unbeaten 44 in 1st T20I saw India winning both 3rd ODI and 1st T20I.
“For two successive games Ravindra Jadeja showed why he is of so much value to India in white-ball cricket as he provides much needed balance. Even after 11 years he continues to be grossly underrated and deserves a lot more respect than he gets. Feel India will miss him dearly,” Mohammad Kaif said.
He was ruled out from participating in next 2 T20Is as further scans were needed to determine the nature of the injury suffered. Ravindra Jadeja became an overnight hero by single-handedly taking India to post 161 after they were struggling at 114/6 in 17th over in 1st T20I.
His unbeaten 44 was also his career-best in T20Is. His average with the bat in T20Is is not praiseworthy as he bats lower down the batting order. His concussion substitute Yuzvendra Chahal picked 3/25 and even earned Man of the Match award. Mohammad Kaif maintains Ravindra Jadeja is underrated and believes his absence will hamper India.
Ravindra Jadeja Scores Match Winning Unbeaten Knocks Of 66 In 3rd ODI And 44 In 1st T20I
He also scored an unbeaten 66 off 50 balls while stitching an important unbroken 150 run partnership for 6th wicket with Hardik Pandya who scored an unbeaten 92 in 3rd ODI.
India won both the 3rd ODI and 1st T20I, and Ravindra Jadeja played a major role contributing to India’s success. Even after playing for India for about 11 years, he isn’t considered in the same bracket as Indian skipper Virat Kohli and hitman Rohit Sharma. He has played in 49 Tests, 165 ODIs and 49 T20Is and has scored more than 1500 runs in both test and ODI besides taking 213 test, 187 ODI and 39 T20I wickets.