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“We Shouldn’t Even Be Questioning”: Sunil Gavaskar on Ravindra Jadeja
By SMCS - Jun 29, 2024 8:09 am
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The Indian cricket team has reached the final of the T20 World Cup 2024 semi-finals, with a comfortable victory against England. Riding on Rohit Sharma’s knock, India bagged a 68-run win to set up a final date with South Africa. While there were plenty of positives from the game, the poor form of Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja became a matter of concern. However, India great Sunil Gavaskar suggested that Ravindra Jadeja’s place in the team shouldn’t even be questioned.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja

However, Gavaskar feels that the fact that Ravindra Jadeja saved 20-30 runs in the field with his stunning fielding skill, shouldn’t be overlooked just because he hasn’t been able to step up with the bat and the ball.

“I am not at all concerned as he is very experienced. For whatever opportunities he’s got, he’s done well. And don’t forget, in the field itself, he saved 20 to 30 runs with his fielding ability, taking catches, and getting the run out. So don’t forget those 20-30 plus runs. Then he enters the field, with anything that he does with the bat and ball is an added value to his ability. So I don’t think we should even think about questioning (Jadeja). The problem with India and Indian fans is, 2 bad games and you go ”what to do with him, what to do with him?’,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja

Sunil Gavaskar also gave a sharp reply to fans asking whether the all-rounder deserves a place in India’s XI, saying that questions aren’t raised of people make a couple of errors in other professions as well.

“You know that is the worry. Nobody who asks these questions even thinks about their own professions, whether they have made 2 errors and whether people are questioning their place in their own profession, whichever profession they are. This is just simply a good topic for television, you don’t question Jadeja’s place in the playing XI. He’s a rock star,” Gavaskar concluded.