Parvez Rasool Hails Ravindra Jadeja After his Sensational Double Century
Former World No.1 Test bowler Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have been in the limelight for not making it to the Indian squad for the limited overs series against New Zealand starting on October 22. The wrist spinners duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has done a terrific job for the team during the series against Australia which has kept the more experienced duo of Ashwin and Jadeja out of the team. Though the selectors have termed it as rest, it is apparent from the current situation that Kuldeep and Chahal might be the way forward for India in the limited overs format.
Following his omission from the national squad, Jadeja grandly answered his critics. The southpaw smashed a sensational double century turning out for Saurashtra against Jammu & Kashmir in a Ranji Trophy match at Rajkot on Sunday. The left-hander faced 323 deliveries and struck 23 fours and a couple of sixes in the process.
The skipper of Jammu & Kashmir, Parvez Rasool who was at the receiving end of the Jadeja onslaught described the innings as ‘outstanding’.
“The Rajkot wicket is a bit on the flatter side, but Jadeja was outstanding. He batted really well. Even Sheldon Jackson (181) played aggressively, but Jadeja performed like a top-order batsman,” Rasool was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
Rasool has played a solitary T20I and a solitary ODI for the national team, and shortly, he will be hopeful of adding some more matches behind his kitty, Speaking on Jadeja’s knock Rasool said,
“He was aggressive from the start. We went out of our skin to get him out. But as we tried and there were a few loose balls, he converted them all into boundaries. It was a tremendous knock.”
While Rasool made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2014, the offie played his only T20I against England in January this year. Rasool conceded the fact that the experience of bowling to top class players like Jadeja is a learning curve for the Jammu & Kashmir team.
“It is a learning experience for the boys. When you see a star cricketer in action, you automatically learn a lot about temperament and how to apply yourself in the existing conditions, based on the nature of the wicket,” he said.
Speaking on the pitch, Rasool said:
“The pitch isn’t a rank turner. So if we bat sensibly, we can save the match.”
Rasool is batting on 23 at the end of the 2nd day with Jammu &Kashmir’s total up to 103/4 in response to Saurashtra’s 624/7.
Rasool said that the decision to exclude Jadeja from the limited overs squad is entirely the selector’s call, but according to him, he doesn’t have any words to describe the exceptional cricketer.
“It is the selectors’ call. But as a player, I have no words to describe him; he represented India so many times and won so many matches; I think the selectors are taking a note of his performance.”
Jadeja last appeared for the national team in ODI’s during the series against West Indies following the Champions Trophy, and since then he has been continuously overlooked. Though he was brought back to the squad as a cover for Axar Patel, he didn’t get a game. With Chahal and Kuldeep going great guns it will take some extraordinary for both of them to force their way back into the team.
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