Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra hailed Ravindra Jadeja’s breakthrough season as a bowler in IPL 2023, following Chennai Super Kings’ triumph over GT in the final. Jadeja emerged as the hero for CSK, sealing their fifth IPL title with his decisive contributions.
During the match in Ahmedabad, the 34-year-old all-rounder played a crucial role, hitting the winning runs in the final over to secure victory for his team. This season marked a significant turnaround for Jadeja, who had endured a difficult 2022 campaign, including an injury that cut short his participation in the tournament.
In IPL 2023, however, Jadeja showcased his prowess as a bowler. He had an exceptional season, taking a total of 20 wickets, which proved to be his best tally in the history of the IPL. While his batting opportunities were limited due to the consistent performances of CSK’s top-order batsmen, Aakash Chopra, speaking on his YouTube channel, highlighted Jadeja’s impact as a bowler.
Chopra acknowledged that Jadeja’s bowling performances in the tournament surpassed his previous showings in the IPL. He elaborated, “Jaddu’s magic. A breakthrough season as a bowler, not as a batter. You wouldn’t have seen such effective bowling from Jaddu in the last four-five years in the IPL. You would have seen Jaddu doing very well otherwise, but in the IPL we used to talk about his middling performances, but this was Jaddu’s year.”
The former cricketer also praised MS Dhoni’s role as captain, stating that he had a clear agenda to extract the best from Jadeja and maximize his potential. Chopra commended Dhoni’s commitment to this cause throughout the campaign. The captain’s dedication was evident in his decisions regarding when and how much to bowl Jadeja, as well as promoting him up the batting order.
In conclusion, Aakash Chopra recognized Ravindra Jadeja’s exceptional season as a bowler in IPL 2023. He said, “I felt the captain had an agenda that he will get the best out of him, that he will make him the best player he can ever be. He went with that commitment – when and how much to bowl and batting him above himself.”