India is now leading one inning in Australia’s unprecedented four consecutive tests. Two of them (81 in the 204 seventh turnstile with Rishabh Pant in Sydney in 2019, and 104 on an unbroken Sunday with Ajinkya Rahane 40*) would have been impossible without Ravindra Jadeja.
However, he was not considered a pure hitter. Even the two Ranji Trophies Triple Century did not change it. Being a Jadeja is not easy. Fielder’s prowess and his worth as a skilled left-arm spinner qualified for first-class striking is beyond doubt in its shorter form. The test wasn’t kind to him. At home, the second spinner was neglected abroad, and it’s understandable if my disciples feel lacking because of an Indian eye-blinking vision of refusing to perceive my Jaya as the visible other.
As a result, Jadeja, performing her 50th test, spent less than a quarter of her testing career in SENA (South Africa, UK, New Zealand and Australia) countries. If he wasn’t purely cut as a hitter, that’s because Jadeja was first considered a spinner. And he is not considered India’s best spin option abroad. R Ashwin has that mantle. As long as Ashwin also contributed to the bat, it was fine. As the run dries over the past few seasons (Ashwin’s last 50 came out in 2017. His average is 12 in 2019 and 4.75 in 2020) As a spinner, Ashwin is under pressure for performance. On the other hand, Jadeja has averaged 51.75 at home, losing at-bats since early 2017. And he’s economically efficient even if he can’t penetrate the ball.
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The batter is also afraid of his arm. And he can catch up like Shubman Gill dismissing Day 1 Mathew Wade from MCG after nearly colliding with him. After badly underballed in Melbourne, he was 5.3 over against Ashwin’s 24. The batter, Jadeja, had to score after disbanding half at 173 after joining the stand-in captain Rahane.
At the end of Day 2, India thanked Rahane for the match-changing partnership that Jadeja put aside his flashy version and made most of its delivery a merit. Jadeja’s only border hit was 52 balls in his innings. Cameron Green’s wide and long delivery deserves punishment, and Jadeja, standing tall, led the point behind.
Otherwise, Jadeja was pleased to defend the short pitch by messing up the delivery of Mitchell Stark, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood. By the time Nathan Lyon and Green appeared, Jadeja couldn’t take his eyes off. He played hard, often three times, when the ball had no legs to cross the boundary. The most impressive part of Jadeja’s innings was his redemption, even when Rahane quickly scored after Australia took a second new ball. It ended second when Green bent her back and sent a short one. Jadeja just put her wrist down and watched it go.
There is still a long way to go for this test. Regardless of whether Jadeja adds to the overnight scoring, this inning is special in itself. These days, a score below 50 won’t give you any grades, but it’s going to bring a career back to the No.7 hitter who usually hits with the tail. Jadeja knows what not to expect. His choice was a combination of many forced absences and factors. And if Hardik Pandya fits in the bowl, Jadeja may have to make room for him.
Until then, I expect Jadeja to play the role in earnest and help India take advantage of the left and right batting average.