Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja played a key role in India’s dominance in the first 2 Test matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. After claiming a 5-wicket haul and scoring a half-century in Nagpur, Jadeja picked up his second-ever 10-wicket haul in New Delhi as well. Notably, this was Jadeja’s return game which he was playing after almost a half-year layover due to injury. Meanwhile, former India batter Aakash Chopra felt that Jadeja’s confidence in his abilities came due to his improved batting as well.
While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, he said: “To be fair, it felt as if he never went away. In the series where he was not available at home, Axar was taking 5 wickets every time he rolled his arm over. And now Axar is not able to bowl since Ravindra Jadeja is at his very best,” Chopra said after the 2nd Test match in Delhi.
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“It is Jadeja’s batting I think which has made him the player he is right now. Just the confidence in his complete skill set, his entire package has made him a player who has got this immense self-belief. He comes out at bat at 4/5 and scores runs, comes to bowl on Day 1 and picks wickets, which was not his forte in the first half of his Test career,” he further added. “In my opinion, it is his batting that has made him the super-confident Jadeja that we see now.”
Aakash Chopra again shared that Mohammad Shami and Mohammed Siraj were also like bystanders during India’s second innings bowling effort as well.
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“He bowled just one over, gave away two runs and didn’t get a wicket. It was an over he bowled last evening. Shami bowled two overs, and Siraj is asking if he should leave the job, then why are you playing him? This is just embarrassing if we see the Australian point of view,” Aakash Chopra concluded.