In the two-Test series against West Indies, the 30-year-old Ravindra Jadeja took six wickets and scored a half century. He has played 43 Tests and taken 198 wickets
Kingston (Jamaica): India’s No. 1 spinner Ravichandran Ashwin did not get a chance in both the Tests as the Virat Kohli-led side completed a 2-0 clean sweep over the West Indies on Monday (September 2).
The Indian team management preferred Ravindra Jadeja over Ashwin and after the series, Kohli gave reasons as to why the left-hander was chosen.
"It's the control we can bank on with Jadeja. He has probably been our most consistent and most accurate bowler away from India, and there is a reason why he is constantly playing in the eleven, because he gives you control even when the wicket is not supporting his bowling,” Kohli said after India defeated West Indies by 257 runs at Sabina Park.
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The skipper added, "As a batsman, when the bowler is pitching balls in areas where you can get out constantly even when it's not turning so much, he is always in the game, and that's his USP, with the bat, with the ball, and in the field there is no one better than him in the world, so he is just in a great zone right now.
"He is willing to contribute for the team all the time, and you can see he wants the ball. He wants to do the job for the team, and when a guy is bowling like that and when he is in that mindset, then your job becomes easier."
In the two-Test series, the 30-year-old Jadeja took six wickets and scored a half century. He has played 43 Tests and taken 198 wickets.
Thanks to India’s 2-0 victory over the Caribbean side, they have moved to the top of the ICC World Test Championship table with 120 points. India’s next Test series is at home, against South Africa.
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Last Updated Sep 3, 2019, 12:02 PM IST