The much-awaited T20 World Cup is scheduled to be commencing on October 17 in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Keeping in mind the slow wickets of UAE, most of the teams, including India, have decided to include a lot of spinners in the squad. The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, and Varun Chakravarthy have all been picked in India’s 15-member squad for the upcoming marquee event.
Former Indian fast bowler, Ashish Nehra has also reckoned one name that is certain and deserves a place in the final XI is of star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Nehra spoke about the recent performances of Jadeja in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), stating that the southpaw has done an incredible job for CSK.
Notably, in the first leg of the ongoing fourteenth season of the cash-rich league, Ravindra Jadeja had smashed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowler Harshal Patel for record-equalling 37 runs in an over. Recently, Jadeja was at his ferocious best in a game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), where he led his team to a victory by scoring 22 runs off eight balls and bagging a wicket as well.
During a recent chat on Cricbuzz, Ashish Nehra said, “He picked up an important wicket and gave just 21 runs in four overs. He displayed the same type of bowling which he is known for. And as far as batting is concerned, he has done exceptionally well in the last 2 years. He hit Prasidh Krishna for big blows to finish the match. We talk of MS Dhoni, Andre Russell, and Kieron Pollard, but even Ravindra Jadeja did the same thing today. His batting is finally coming along nicely.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator asserted that while finalizing the playing XI, the first name that would come in the minds of Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli, and MS Dhoni will be of Ravindra Jadeja.
Ashish Nehra explained, “It will become interesting to see whether India includes Ravindra Jadeja ahead of them or as a third spinner. I would say that in the situations we have seen till now, he would be the first name on the minds of coach Shastri, captain Kohli and mentor Dhoni when it comes to deciding the XI. For the T20 World Cup, India has picked five spinners, so it remains to be seen. If there is assistance in the pitch, then Jadeja is a no-brainer. But if you have a flat pitch, they might play Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar.”