Ravindra Jadeja is quickly becoming India’s newest Mr Reliable whether it’s scoring vital runs contributing in the lower middle order or breaking partnerships with the ball.
An all-rounder by trait, he started off initially as a bowler who can bat, but given the incredible rise his batting has seen, the 32-year-old has cemented his place in the Indian team besides being arguably called the best fielder in the world at the moment.
Ravindra Jadeja Is A Test Quality All-Rounder For All Conditions: Tom Moody
Ravindra Jadeja proved his credentials in the limited-overs leg against Australia and then the second Test at the MCG where he was technically a replacement for talismanic skipper Virat Kohli, and the all-rounder proved his worth picking up three wickets in the match and scoring a valuable 57 in the first innings, without which India might have struggled to acquire the 131-run first-innings lead in route to winning the match.
Based on his rapid rise, former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody has backed the all-rounder to be a sure-shot candidate in India’s XI across formats, believing he’s a wonderful fit at No. 6 or 7.
As a matter of fact, Tom Moody is confident of him playing vital roles with both bat and ball, which in the long run, he believes will help India massively.
“I believe Ravindra Jadeja is a Test-quality all-rounder for all conditions. He has played 50 Test matches, and has had 33 of those at home and only 17 away. I feel that he is ready to embark on a new chapter in his career where he can be leant on as a pure bowler and a pure top-order batsman. It gives the Indian team a wonderful balance,” Moody said on ESPNCricinfo.
Ravindra Jadeja during the previous Test became only the third Indian player to have featured in 50 matches across formats, behind MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Yet, despite scoring almost 2000 runs and over 200 wickets, Ravindra Jadeja remains a valued all-rounder, but it’s his ability to pick up wickets irrespective of pitches without depending much on the turn is what’s impressed Tom Moody the most.
“He averages just a tick over 35 in Test cricket. He has one hundred and 15 fifties and I think he’s a far better player than he was to get those numbers. So it’s only going to improve over time,” he said.
“And I think that he’s a spinner who doesn’t necessarily rely on turn either so if you’ve got a wicket with a little bit of grass, that’s not offering turn, he still will be able to build pressure and create opportunity for the Indian team to have a successful series home or away.”
Ravindra Jadeja scored 115 runs in 3 ODIs averaging 57.5 before scoring 44 in 1st T20I where he suffered a concussion and was ruled out from next 2 T20Is. He missed 1st Test and returned to play the 2nd scoring 57 and picking 3 wickets in the match.
Tom Moody: It’s Quite A Potent Combination Of Rishabh Pant And Ravindra Jadeja At No. 6 And No. 7
India will look forward to including dashing wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant in Tests more as Tom Moody reckons that India boasts a pretty formidable No. 6 and 7 in Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant.
“To me the difference between six and seven is not relevant. What’s relevant is how good your keeper is as a batsman. At the moment the decision the Indian team has made with Pant, I think it’s quite a potent combination at 6 and 7,” he said.
After debuting in 2012 in Tests, Ravindra Jadeja’s batting averages jumped up from 35 or more since 2016 onwards and was above 60 in 2019. Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, missed out in limited overs squad touring Australia but finally got a chance to play 2nd Test where he scored 29. His average is 38.32 after featuring in 14 Tests.