Ravindra Jadeja Claims Both, ‘Man Of The Match’ And ‘Man Of The Series’ Honours
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, one of the biggest architects of India’s emphatic series win, reaped the benefits of the fabulous performances he showcased in the series by claiming both ‘Man of the Match’ & ‘Man of the Series’ awards.
The series was special for him in many ways. The left arm spinner managed to come out of the shadows of his spinning partner Ravichandran Ashwin. His consistency also saw him secure the top spot in the ICC Test Bowler’s charts.
“Feels really good to be the No. 1 bowler, said Jadeja while speaking to Ravi Shastri at the presentation ceremony. “From one end Ashwin takes wickets, at the time I take wickets from one end. So the pressure is always there. Good to bowl with him.”
Jadeja also expressed his willingness to play a similar winning role in overseas tours as well. After the end of a highly fruitful home series, it is quite clear that the expectations from India will be very, very high when they visit other nations.
The win was set up by the bowlers. Apart from Jadeja, the likes of Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashwin also made spectacular contributions in the win. Jaddu, as many would call him, also did not forget to thank his fellow bowlers for the support.
“Hopefully we will do well outside India as well. I am very confident now and I will try and make a hundred. It was a good wicket for fast bowlers because of the bounce and seam movement. Umesh and Bhuvi must have felt good about bowling first.”
Day three also saw Jadeja get involved in an exciting banter with Australian wicket keeper Matthew Wade. While the intention of sledging from a bowling side is always to distract the batsman, Jaddu states that the constant chirping from Wade motivated him to do well.
“Really happy to be part of this No. 1 team. When I was batting, I was just thinking that I will take my time, but whatever Wade chirped from behind the stumps motivated me. To develop overall as a player was good to see in me.”
Jadeja finished the impressive series on a high with both bat and ball, as he scored 127 runs at an average of 25.40, whereas, he bagged 25 wickets at an eye-boggling average of 18.56.
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