Ravi Shastri has said that Ravindra Jadeja has realised his potential, whereas Axar Patel has understood he was earlier not doing justice to his batting.
Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has predicted that both spin all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel will add balance to the national cricket team if they continue with their approach to the game.
Ravi Shastri: Both Axar Patel And Ravindra Jadeja Will Add A Lot Of Balance To The Indian Team If They Play In The Same Vein
Ravi Shastri, who has closely worked with both the all-rounders, said that Ravindra Jadeja has realised his potential. The former cricketer added that Axar Patel, too, has understood that he was earlier not doing justice to his batting.
“Jadeja has improved vastly. He has realised his potential,” Ravi Shastri said while commentating on the first T20I between India and West Indies for FanCode.
“I think, on this tour, even Axar Patel has realised that he wasn’t doing justice to his potential as a batsman. Both of these players have a lot of talent when it comes to the batting department. They will add a lot of balance to the Indian team if they continue in this fashion.”
India defeated West Indies by 68 runs in the first T20I to extend their win-loss record to 14-6. India have now also won their last five T20Is against the Caribbean side.
Axar Patel played a match-winning knock of 64 not out to help India secure a clean sweep over West Indies during the ODI series. The Shikhar Dhawan-led side became the first Indian team to clean sweep an ODI series, consisting of three or more matches, in the Caribbean in 39 years.
Ravindra Jadeja Had Missed The Entire ODI Series
Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja, who is considered the first-choice all-rounder, missed the entire ODI series as he was not 100 per cent fit. He made a decent comeback, scoring 16 runs and taking one wicket in the first T20I.
Ravindra Jadeja scored 16 runs in 13 balls in the first T20I and picked the wicket of West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder.
India posted 190/6 in the first innings thanks to fifty from skipper Rohit Sharma (64) and a late cameo by Dinesh Karthik. Dinesh Karthik carried forward his brilliant run since staging his return to the national side, he was unbeaten on 41 off 19 balls, including four boundaries and two sixes, striking at 215.79.
India restricted West Indies to 122 for 8 at the end of the game to win by 68 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
In the 1st T20I, India managed to post 190 for 6 on a seemingly slowish surface, thanks to captain Rohit Sharma’s half-century and Dinesh Karthik’s unbeaten 41 off just 19 balls at the finish before West Indies’ batting was entangled in the web of spin.
India’s move to play three spinners – as opposed to West Indies’ one – reaped rich dividends as Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi combined to pick up five wickets, helping the visitors to a 68-run win in the first T20I of the five-match series.
India 190 for 6 (Rohit 64, Karthik 41*, Joseph 2-46) beat West Indies 122 for 8 (Brooks 20, Ashwin 2-22, Arshdeep 2-24, Bishnoi 2-26) by 68 runs