Team India’s allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has been named India’s Most Valuable Player in the 21st century in Test cricket by Wisden magazine. He has, so far, represented India in 49 Tests and picked 213 wickets and scored 1869 runs. He has become the vital cog for the team and shown prolific performance with spin bowling and reliable batting at lower-order.
Taking to Twitter, Ravindra Jadeja thanked Wisden for naming him India’s MVP. He also showed his gratitude to his teammates, coaches and well-wishers who have supported him in his journey. He also promised to give his best to the team.
Thank you Wisden India for naming me the ‘Most Valuable Player’: Ravindra Jadeja
“Thank you Wisden India for naming me the ‘Most Valuable Player’. I would like to thank all my teammates, coaches, fans, and well-wishers for your support as I aim to give my best for our country. Jai Hind,” Jadeja tweeted.
Thank you Wisden India for naming me the 'Most Valuable Player'. I would like to thank all my teammates, coaches, fans and well wishers for your support as I aim to give my best for our country. Jai Hind. 🇮🇳🦁🙏 pic.twitter.com/azj7HMFSZu
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 1, 2020
Ravindra Jadeja achieved an MVP rating of 97.3 and as a result, he was also rated as the second most valuable player Test player worldwide, only second to Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
Jadeja’s best with the bat came last year against New Zealand in the semi-final of the World Cup 2019. He mustered 77 runs when India had an unusual fall of top-order.
However, he failed to lead the team to finish line and India faced defeat in that match by 18 runs. Nevertheless, it was Jadeja’s most memorable knock.
After that knock, he has cemented his place across all the formats. He has, so far, played 165 ODIs and 49 T20Is, scoring 2296 and 173 runs respectively. He has also picked 187 and 39 wickets in ODIs and T20Is respectively.
Jadeja last featured in the away series against New Zealand in February. He was set to play in the ODI series against South Africa at home but the coronavirus halted all the action.