Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian speedster Ashish Nehra feels that the spin-bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja ” is way ahead” of Ravichandran Ashwin in the batting department.

Ashwin has made a lot of improvement in his batting in recent times and he scored good 46 runs in the second Test against South Africa at the Wanderers, Johannesburg where India were bundled out for 202 runs. Also, the veteran off-spinner smashed a century against England at home in 2021.

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Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra (Image Credit: Twitter)

During an interaction on Cricbuzz Nehra was asked if Ashwin has staked his claim for a place in Test XI as an all-rounder to which Nehra replied by saying that Ashwin himself will agree that Jadeja is a superior batter across all three formats. He said:

No doubt Ashwin has scored runs, he has also scored Test hundreds. But if you see Ravindra Jadeja’s graph as a batter over the last two to three years, he is way ahead of Ashwin irrespective of the format. Even Ashwin will agree to the same. This is why Jadeja played ahead of Ashwin when both were available.”

R Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Image-PTI

Nehra talked about Jadeja’s inclusion in the playing XI ahead of Ashwin in the England tour and said that he was selected because ” India needed a batter who could bowl”. He asserted:

In England, Jadeja played as the fifth bowler. If he was chosen as the fourth bowler, then questions could have been raised. Initially, even I thought if one spinner had to play, it had to be Ashwin. But India had Shardul Thakur as the fourth bowler. As a fifth bowler, India needed a batter who could bowl. That’s where Jadeja has the edge. But yes, as a sole spinner from whom wickets are expected, Ashwin is still the better choice.”

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Ashish Nehra (Twitter)
Ashish Nehra (Twitter)

The former left-arm pacer Nehra lauded the 35-year-old Ashwin for his crucial contribution of 46 runs off just 50 deliveries and said that it “wouldn’t have been easy” for Ashwin. He stated:

It was really nice to see the way Ashwin batted. It wouldn’t have been easy as he has been dropped in recent times. His aggressive innings could come in very handy. This is where experience comes into play. He read the situation really well. This is the kind of surface where you can get out on any delivery. Unlike specialist batters, there is not as much pressure on Ashwin. He played positively, knowing very well how much additional runs matter in such conditions.”

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