Star all-rounder, Ravinder Jadeja has been an integral of the Indian setup for many years. Such is his ability that captains prefer playing him ahead of frontline spinners in the limited-overs format. His ability to bat down the order & score valuable runs with the tail is what makes him a distinctive pick.

The Rajkot born is now India’s most valuable Test player in the 21st century as per the Wisden magazine. Jadeja, with an MVP rating of 97.3 also rated as the 2nd most valuable Test player in the world. The only man ahead of him is Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.

Jadeja India’s most valuable Test player

“It has been a dream to play for India and above that when you are rewarded for being the most valuable player, you feel even more blessed, Would want to thank all my fans, team-mates, coaches and support staff for their unconditional love and support,” said Jadeja.

CricViz’s Freddie Wilde said that name of Ravindra Jadeja might sound as a surprise as he isn’t always a first-choice pick in the playing XI. Despite not featuring in the playing consistently, he’s been contributing to a very high match involvement by batting at 6.

Jadeja India's most valuable Test player

Ravindra Jadeja (Credit: Twitter)

“It might come as a surprise to see Jadeja… feature as India’s number one. After all, he’s not even always an automatic pick in their Test team. However, when he does play he is picked as a frontline bowler and has batted as high as No.6 – contributing to a very high match involvement,” said Freddie Wilde.

Freddie further added that Jadeja’s position is solely on his match involvement. Incidentally, Jadeja’s ability to contribute to all the departments make his stand out from his contemporaries.

Ravindra Jadeja made his Test debut in 2012 and has represented India in 49 Tests. He has picked up 213 wickets and scored 1,869 runs including one hundred and fourteen fifties.

“But Jadeja’s position is based on more than simply volume: it’s what he does when he’s involved that really counts… His batting and bowling average differential of 10.62 runs is the second-best of any player this century to have scored more than 1,000 runs and taken 150 wickets,” added Freddie.