Indian international cricketer, Ravindra Jadeja is likely to miss out in the upcoming third Test match against Sri Lanka begins on Saturday in Pallekelle after a one-match ban by ICC. After fitting as a No.1 bowler in the ICC charts during the home Test series against England, on Tuesday Jadeja became as the top all-rounder in the longer format and replacing Bangladesh’s Shakib AI Hasan.
Skipper Virat Kohli said of Jadeja after he walked away with the Man-of-the-Match honour in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday. “Jadeja can give you a very quick 60-70 anywhere at any stage of the game, it can really turn the game. Remember Lord’s, remember Dharamshala against Australia, those are very important innings, the 90 against England in Mohali.”
“He’s bowled so much that the other discipline (batting) was left behind, but now he’s catching up in that as well. It’s only going to do good to him.”
Talking about Jadeja, former leg spinner Narendra Hirwani said to TOI on Tuesday, “Jadeja was always a good line and length bowler. When he came to the NCA, he told me that he had a tendency to pitch it short when he was trying to vary his pace. I told him that is happening because of his slow arm speed.”
“Since he was known to be a good thrower of the ball from the deep, I asked him to start spinning the ball while throwing the ball without reducing the arm speed. I then made him bowl those variations without cutting down on his arm rotation at the nets.”
He added, “He bowled around 200-250 deliveries in the nets for six or seven days in a row without reducing his arm speed. What he did at the NCA nets, he replicated it in the Test matches against England and Australia with great success. It has increased his confidence and now he is doing the same against Sri Lanka.”
Speaking about Jadeja’s hard work, Saurashtra coach Sitanshu Kotak said “He always strives to improve himself. He is very accurate and the variations he has added to his bowling have made him more effective.”
“I know be bats very low down the order since we have good batsmen. So I think he feels the pressure when he has to bat with No.9 or No.10. But I have told him to stop thinking where he is batting. If he can realize his batting potential, then he would emerge as the most dangerous cricketer in the Indian team,” added Kotak.