Michael Vaughan, former England captain, said that Ravindra Jadeja‘s all-round abilities make him an ideal template for building Twenty20 players. His skills on the field are what makes this 25 year old man so special; with such talent at his disposal it would not be surprising if he became one of India’s greatest Test batsmen ever!
“He is an unbelievable fielder, he can bowl brilliant left-arm spin, if there is an element of turn in the surface, he is as good as any. Obviously, with the bat, he can play the anchor role if you lose early wickets, he can also come in with 15 balls to go and pretty much go on from ball 01. He is the perfect T20 cricketer,” Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.
Jadeja’s batting in the last four overs of a match has been the highlight of his great form in this IPL season. He played 21 balls, scoring 65 runs at a strike rate of 309.52, with 3 fours and 7 sixes!
“He is outstanding, he’s just got everything. If you are building a T20 cricketer, if you are building a batter, you go for Chris Gayle’s power or Virat Kohli’s finesse. But if you are looking to build a cricketer from scratch, you’ll almost start with Ravindra Jadeja because he offers you everything,” Vaughan added.
Jadeja didn’t get to bat too much on Monday in Chennai Super Kings three-wicket defeat to Delhi Capitals but he made a difference with the ball. He picked two wickets – including Rishabh Pant-, as well an impressive performance that helped take the game towards final overs despite defending 137 runs!