Hundreds and five-fors often steal the thunder. And in the bargain critical performances which have a positive impact on the outcome of the game, does not get the attention and acknowledgement it deserves. In the ongoing series between India and Australia, Ravindra Jadeja has tormented Michael Clarke — Australia’s lone sentinel in their tour of crisis and widely acknowledged as the best batsman presently in world cricket — to steal the advantage for India.

If India have won this series in resounding fashion, a lot of the credit has to go to Jadeja’s bowling. The left-arm spinner has consistently outsmarted Clarke in the series to destroy Australia’s game plan and their batting lynchpin. India’s winning margins wouldn’t have been very convincing had Clarke gone on to pile huge scores as he has done in recent months. The Australian captain has been castled by Jadeja’s copious variations and fantastic accuracy. That has allowed the bowlers at the other end to mount pressure on the Aussie batsmen.