Former Australian middle-order batsman and the batting coach of Chennai Super Kings, Mike Hussey is not yet convinced of Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s credentials as a Test match batsman at the No.6 spot.
Ravindra Jadeja has improved by leaps and bounds as a Test batsman in the past four years and is unarguably at the peak of his powers currently.
Since the start of 2016, Jadeja is averaging over 42 with the bat and many pundits have reckoned that the charismatic cricketer has the credentials to bat in the top-6.
However, Mike Hussey is not yet convinced. The former batsman feels that Jadeja is ideal at the No.7 spot and that it would be too much to ask from him if India slots him in the top-6.
“I am a big fan of Jadeja of course and I do think his batting has improved immeasurably over the last few years. He is batting with a lot of confidence, a lot more consistency. I would still have a question mark whether you could pick him in the top six for a Test match,” Hussey said.
“I think he is perfectly placed at No.7, where he can come in and make those handy runs at length in the batting order. But if you are going to rely on him in the top six to be making hundreds and big hundreds for your country to set up Test matches, I am not sure he is quite there yet,” he further added.
Jadeja had a near-perfect outing in the Boxing Day Test. Besides taking a catch to dismiss Matthew Wade in the first innings, he scored a valiant fifty (57) and chipped in with three wickets, including crucial scalps of Matthew Wade and Aussie skipper Tim Paine in the second innings.