This is a new-age cricket. This era belongs to the new generation of cricketers who are willing to adapt to new style of evolving cricketing techniques without much questioning.
Ravindra Jadeja is one such emerging star who has already been conferred the title ‘Sir’ by none other than his skipper MS Dhoni. And, this cannot be taken as a joke, especially when the Indian bowlers are struggling to strike a balance in the wake of the two-ball introduction rule and field placement restrictions.
Jadeja has adapted to these rules well. Jadeja’s quality is that despite not being a great turner of the ball, he is amongst the most potent weapon for his skipper. His ability to hit unorthodox cricketing shots has made him the team management’s darling.
The left-arm spinner is the only bowler in the current side to have bowled his full quota of 10 overs in all the four ODIs against Australia so far. Apart from the second outing in Jaipur, where he was hammered for 72, Jadeja has given away runs within the limits set by the team management.
Ask him if it’s tough for spinners these days?
“We have to keep in mind things like having five fielders inside the circle always. We have to decide who has to be inside and what is the situation? If there’s a new batsman at the crease, we can keep all five, or even six, in the ring, but if the batsmen are set, then it becomes tough to decide which fielders to keep inside,” said Jadeja on Friday after the team’s indoor net practice on the eve of the fifth ODI in Cuttack that is likely to be washed out due to persistent rain over the last week. The Met department has forecast more rain for the next couple of days.
Jadeja’s success secret lies in his limited abilities bowling wicket-to-wicket “No, I’m not changing anything too much while bowling or batting. The only thing I’m doing is in accordance to the conditions and team’s requirement at that particular point,” added Jadeja.
It is this ability his that made Dhoni back him during difficult times. “We have to make things a little easier for him and let someone handle the pressure of bowling when the field is up or when bowling in the end overs,” was Dhoni’s defence for Jadeja at the start of series.
But with Saturday’s ODI certain to be washed out, India will have to win the last two games in Nagpur (October 30) and Bangalore (November 2) to bag the series.