Former Indian batsman Ajay Jadeja has lauded India’s young generation for their fearless brand of cricket and taking on bowlers commandingly. India finally displayed their attacking gameplay that their captain Virat Kohli talked about before the five-match T20I series in England. Ajay Jadeja has praised India’s new generation for adapting well to the shortest format and doing it bravely.
India’s debutant Ishan Kishan has earned admiration from the cricketing fraternity. He crafted a sparkling fifty to set up a seven-wicket victory for India in the second T20I against England on Sunday in Ahmedabad. The left-handed batsman mustered five fours and four sixes in his 32-ball 56 and shifted the pressure on the tourists even as they dismissed KL Rahul for a duck. Kishan added 94 with Virat Kohli in no time as India cantered home by seven wickets.
Ajay Jadeja reckoned that Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have slammed the doors and reached the national team instead of merely knocking on it. While there is intense competition for all the spots, Ajay Jadeja thinks that the young generation has faith in themselves to earn back their place through IPL. The 50-year old recalled Rishabh Pant doing it for India in Tests a few days and Ishan Kishan has brought a similar breath of fresh air.
“Earlier, as we mentioned that they kept knocking on the doors; however, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan slammed it and made it to the Indian team. The new generation has no doubts that they will not get second chances since there is IPL to look forward to; hence, they will probably get opportunities. With Rishabh Pant doing it in Test matches, Ishan Kishan is yet another youngster who has done it with his style of play,” Ajay Jadeja told Cricbuzz.
T20 is not about consistency but coming to the party on the given day: Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja observed that Virat Kohli played the same way he does all the time and fortunately, he crafted a match-defining knock. Nevertheless, the Gujarat-born former cricketer pointed out that the new generation believes in unconventional gameplay and two decades ago, Ishan Kishan might have copped criticism for playing that reverse-sweep after reaching a fifty. But Jadeja claimed that this is how modern-day cricket works and one needs to play as such to even get to fifty. He also stated that T20 cricket is not about consistency but about clicking on that given day to leave the opposition dazed.
“The ground was the same and Virat Kohli played the same way he has done for ten years and sometimes he gets out while other times he does not. However, the new generation’s playing style is entirely different. If this was two decades ago and a batsman would have been dismissed playing the reverse sweep, our ancestors would have accused them of playing that after making 50 runs. But one needs to play bravely to reach that half-century. Thus, T20 is not about consistency but coming to the party on the given day,” he added.