After Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja India’s Most Complete Player Across All Formats: Ravi Shastri
Team India has certainly found a combination which can help them the side to beat across all conditions in future. The transition phase now seems like a thing of past as under the leadership of Virat Kohli, they’re winning series after series in a dominating fashion. The side has more than a couple of match-winners in both batting and bowling departments.
One of the key components in the current team is the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. His contribution cannot be overlooked. From being considered as ‘flat jack’ who was capable of bowling only in limited-overs format to developing into a premium Test level cricketer, Jadeja has surely done a great job so far in his career in the whites.
His stocks have risen in the past couple of years and a Test team without him certainly seems little weak, no matter which country India is playing. Former team India director Ravi Shastri, who is now back to being a commentator, also mentioned the same fact while speaking during the Day 3 of the ongoing one-off Test between India and Bangladesh in Hyderabad. Shastri rated Jaddu as the most valuable player in the team after Virat Kohli while praising his all-round capabilities.
“After Virat Kohli, most complete player across all formats I would go for Ravindra Jadeja. He contributes with the bat lower down the order, an excellent fielder and always keeps the batsman in check with his line and length,” Shastri said.
Jadeja has been a vital name in India’s bowling department and has often won matches single-handedly from a losing situation. His team up with Ravichandran Ashwin has given sleepless nights to the opposition. Apart from bowling, his handy batting ability lower down the order and above all, his electric fielding has raised his value in the team.
A small glance at his performance in 2016 speaks for the above-mentioned facts. In the 9 Tests he played, Ravindra Jadeja ended up as the seventh highest-wicket taker in the year with 43 wickets, out of which – two were five-wicket hauls and one was a 10-wicket haul. With the bat, he made 375 runs in the 14 innings with the help of three half-centuries.
— Akhil Gupta (@AkhilGu04115966) February 11, 2017
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