Ravindra Jadeja averages a decent 30.83 with the bat in Tests and a miserly 23.65 with the ball and has been India’s most consistent all round
Ravindra Jadeja averages a decent 30.83 with the bat in Tests and a miserly 23.65 with the ball and has been India’s most consistent all round

Ravindra Jadeja averages a decent 30.83 with the bat in Tests and a miserly 23.65 with the ball and has been India’s most consistent all round. Yet, the Saurashtra-born often finds himself in and out of the Indian team. He didn’t feature for India in ODIs for well over 15 months and when he got the opportunity, he proved his worth in the 2018 Asia Cup.

He played the final Test in England, warming the benches for the first four and again took the opportunity to score 86 and claimed seven wickets in the match. Nearing 10 years of international cricket and after 37 Tests, the allrounder finally managed to reach a ‘special milestone’ of a Test hundred on Day 2 of the 1st Test against West Indies at his home ground in Rajkot.

“It is very special because in the past I had gotten to 80s and 90s but was not able to convert,” said Jadeja, dedicating the milestone to his mother.

Jadeja has often found himself in situations where he has to prove his credentials time and again, but the 29-year-old knows, he must have done something right to last this long.

“Good you know that I have been playing for 10 years. I must have done something right if I have managed to play for that long. I don’t know if you noticed that I did well in the 13 Tests we played at home the previous season,” he said.

“My job is just to prove myself. Sometimes I miss out because of the team requirements. If there are more left handers in the opposition eleven, then an off-spinner is preferred, if more right handers are there than I am preferred,” said the left-arm spinner.