In a decade-long international career, the 31-year-old’s batting has often come under the microscope, especially in limited-overs cricket. However, as ‘Jadeja the batsman’ turned a new leaf with that innings in Manchester, his critics, who had called him a ‘bits and pieces cricketer’, were silenced.
Ever since, Jadeja has looked far more assured and measured at the crease and has started to perform the role the Indian team has been yearning from him. Coming to bat lower down the order is no mean task, but his consistency at that spot has improved in ODIs over the last year.
He has raised his game another notch in India’s tour Down Under. In the final ODI in Canberra, he slammed a 50-ball 66 before following it up with a 23-ball 44 in the first T20I. ( SCORECARD)
It’s just not the runs he scored, but also the timing and shot-selection that should please the team.
Jadeja himself has credited MS Dhoni for his new-found consistency and power-hitting.
“He (Dhoni) tells me that if we take it to the end, a lot of runs can come in the last four to five overs,” he said.