Ravindra Jadeja impressed in the Boxing Day Test, scoring 57 runs and picked 3 wickets in the match as India beat Australia by 8 wickets to level the four-match series 1-1.
Ravindra Jadeja averages over 46 with the bat in Test cricket since 2016 (AP Photo)
- Ravindra Jadeja replaced Virat Kohli in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne
- Jadeja scored 57 runs and picked 3 wickets in the match which India won by 8 wickets
- Jadeja’s batting and bowling averages is the best among all-rounders in Test cricket since 2016
Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta heaped praise on all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and even went on to compare him with England superstar Ben Stokes after his performance in India’s victory in the Boxing Day Test against Australia earlier this week.
Dasgupta said Jadeja has always been a talented batsman but he never took his batting seriously until 2017.
Jadeja’s numbers in the longest format has been better than the best in the last four years. Jadeja has the highest batting (46.29) and bowling average (24.97) among all-rounders in Test cricket since 2016, with Ben Stokes (42.34 and 27.59) and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (38.48 and 26.03) behind him.
“Jadeja replacing Virat Kohli in the 2nd Test was one of the things in my mind because of the way he has batted in the last couple of years. Generally people think about Jadeja that he is a bowler who can bat, someone who hasn’t capitalised much in Test cricket.
“But I always thought he has actually done better than a lot of batsmen in the last couple of years. He’s getting runs across all formats, and also as recently as last year he was the world’s top-ranked Test bowler,” Deep Dasgupta told Sports Today.
Jadeja showcased his all-round skills in the second Test in Melbourne, scoring 57 crucial runs and picked 3 wickets in the match, including 2 in the second innings as India beat Australia by 8 wickets to level the four-match series 1-1.
“As of now the way he’s batting he definitely is (in the same bracket as Ben Stokes). Even during the IPL I actually said why not him at No. 4 for CSK. He’s got a couple of triple hundreds in domestic cricket, getting runs there is not easy.
“For Saurashtra he bats at No. 4 but for India he comes in at 7 or 8. Somehow I felt that he never took his batting seriously enough. In 2017 he was dropped from the side but and I think what kind of prompted him was the fact that he wanted to make himself more useful to the team, not just with the ball but with the bat as well. Because Jadeja, I know for a fact, always wanted to be a batsman.
“He always had the skill set with the bat but earlier on he would play terrible shots and get out. But now he’s putting a price to his wicket, he’s thinking and batting like a batsman and that I think has changed in his batting in the last few years,” Dasgupta said.