Ravindra Jadeja yet again played another useful innings for his team scoring 57 and adding a 121-run stand with his skipper Ajinnkya Rahane. He played a big part in taking the Indian score to 326. It was Jadeja’s 14th Test fifty and one of the most important ones of his career in the context of the match and the series.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Manjrekar has yet again commented, this time on a fan’s request on Jadeja and his innings. After Ravindra Jadeja brought up his fifty a random Twitter user asked Manjrekar’s opinion saying that the left-hander is the best Indian all-rounder after the great Kapil Dev.
Big Admirer of Ravindra Jadeja – Sanjay Manjrekar
Tagging former India cricketer and popular commentator Sanjay Manjrekar in his tweet, the user wrote: “Guess @sanjaymanjrekar won’t agree or like. But @imjadeja is the best Indian allrounder with best record after Kapil Dev. And his batting in last few years has just got better. Well played Sir Jadeja.”
In reply, Sanjay Manjrekr was quick to praise the left-hander for his knock.” Big admirer of Jadeja, when it comes to Tests, have always been for years. Test cricket is his strong suit,” wrote Manjrekar.
Big admirer of Jadeja, when it comes to Tests, have always been for years. Test cricket is his strong suit. https://t.co/BEMS77ylDU
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 27, 2020
Sanjay Manjrekar has repeatedly questioned Ravindra Jadeja’s ability as a cricketer in the shorter formats of the game. He said that Ravindra Jadeja is a ‘bits and pieces’ cricketer. He first made this comment on Jadeja during the ICC World Cup 2019 and has repeated his comment a few times in the recent Australia series as well.
Jadeja proved his worth in gold for India in the ODI’s before he was ruled out of the T20I series due to a hamstring injury. He scored 115 runs in three games batting at number seven and scoring at 117.35. He scored 66 in the final ODI to help India win the game as well.
Sanjay Manjrekar kept his views on Jadeja’s growth in his batting in the last few years. He spoke about how he outscored Ravichandran Ashwin to upgrade his position in the Indian batting line-up and started batting at number seven.
“Things changed after 2015 with Ravindra Jadeja — the batsman. It was also the time when Ashwin was batting before him, Ashwin had four Test hundreds and Jadeja had nothing. Jadeja was competing with Ashwin as the spinner in side. Ashwin’s batting dropped Jadeja’s batting sort of skyrocketed. This guy always had a great first-class record and finally when he got his number, he felt ‘Wow, let me make most of it’,” Manjrekar had told Sony Networks.
Meanwhile, India finished their first innings o 326 in Melbourne taking a lead by 131 over Australia’s first innings total of 195.