Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has opined that the star spin bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has an advantage when it comes to making a comeback after an injury.
Jadeja was out of action since November last year after suffering an injury in the Test match against New Zealand in Kanpur. He made a comeback in the first match of the three-match T20 International series against the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team, where India won by 62 runs, and he was able to pick 1 wicket by giving away 28 runs in his 4-over quota.
During an interaction with Cricbuzz, Parthiv Patel explained how Jadeja’s smooth bowling action makes it much easier for him to make a comeback after an injury. He elaborated:
“It is never easy making a comeback as you don’t have those game overs. We all know that Ravindra Jadeja has played a lot of matches but you still need that game time in the middle. And this game was a great opportunity with regards to the same.”
“Jadeja’s action is such that he can repeat it easily, so he has an advantage when it comes to making a comeback. His run-up is not that big and he has a smooth action. So I was confident that Jadeja would get used to his old routine without much trouble.”
Parthiv Patel was highly impressed with Rohit Sharma’s tactics to give a few overs to Venkatesh Iyer at the death. He said:
“Rohit impressed again as captain. He gave a few overs to Deepak Hooda and bowled Venkatesh Iyer at the death to find out how he can bowl in those situations. Credit to Rohit for doing so. It is important to see how Iyer bowls in different game situations. India would come to know how he can adapt in such situations only when they make him bowl those overs.”
Chahal’s strength is that he always looks to take wickets and be aggressive – Pragyan Ojha
Former left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, during the same interaction, lauded senior leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and said that he always follows an aggressive approach and he is never defensive with his tactics. He said:
“Chahal’s strength is that he always looks to take wickets and be aggressive. He is never defensive. As long as he keeps bowling this way, he will continue to impress. I feel he was unlucky with that lbw decision (of Charith Asalanka) that was overturned, but overall he bowled really well.”
In the first match, Yuzvendra Chahal bowled 3 overs and was able to pick up 1 wicket by giving away just 11 runs.
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