Ravindra Jadeja Remains The Go-To All-Rounder For India
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's skills in all three facets of the game were acknowledged again when he was picked in the India squad for the Test tour of England on return from injury. Jadeja was s
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's skills in all three facets of the game were acknowledged again when he was picked in the India squad for the Test tour of England on return from injury.
Jadeja was selected despite left-arm Axar Patel's good performance as his replacement in the Test series against England. Patel had managed 27 wickets in the three-Test matches in February-March – a no mean feat even though the pitches copped a lot of criticism due to their spin-friendly nature.
However, India hopes to gain additional benefits by picking Jadeja for England where they play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and five Tests against England. Apart from his bowling is his ability to bat at the end and his fielding. There are few better fielders in the world than the Saurashtra all-rounder and he can be posted anywhere on the field.
"I love his fielding. Along with, say, a Glenn Maxwell, I think he is probably the best fielder in the world at the moment. You always separate yourself from your ability to throw the stumps down and affect those run-outs. I think that's where he is better than everybody else," former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris had recently said during the IPL.
Jadeja, a 32-year-old from Jamnagar, hasn't played international cricket since early January when he featured in the third Test against Australia. He fractured his thumb in that game after being hit by a ball from Pat Cummins and was out of the series against England in all three formats.
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