Asia Cup 2022 | Ravindra Jadeja could now be looked at as a batting all-rounder, says Sanjay Manjrekar

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Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has claimed that Ravindra Jadeja can be viewed as a batting all-rounder for India in white-ball cricket.

Jadeja played a valiant knock against Pakistan on Sunday (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jadeja was promoted to No.4 against Pakistan
  • The all-rounder played a valinat knock on Sunday
  • Manjrekar said he loved the move to promote Jadeja up the order

Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has claimed that Ravindra Jadeja can now be viewed as a batting all-rounder for India after his valiant effort against Pakistan.

Jadeja came in at No.4 for India on Sunday when the team was in a precarious spot with Pakistan spinners Shadab Khan and Mohammed Nawaz applying the screws on the scoring. However, the Indian all-rounder took on the bowlers and scored a well-made 35 runs and provided enough support to match-winner Hardik Pandya as the team got over the line in the last over.

Speaking exclusively on SPORTS18’s daily sports news show SPORTS OVER THE TOP, Manjrekar said that he liked the move to promote Jadeja up the order and said that it wasn’t a gamble.

The former cricketer also said that the 33-year-old can now be viewed as a batting all-rounder and said that he will be taking up important batting positions going forward for the team in white-ball cricket.

“Yes. Very good move and I loved it. And I don’t think it was a gamble. It wasn’t a wild card because Pakistan were bowling two spinners, one leg spinner and a left-arm spinner, Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab. So, they were going to bowl for a while and that’s what Babar did. It was like they bowed one over spell or two over spell. A left-hander coming in would just make things a little difficult. The ball also, pitch looked green, but the ball was turning, so the spinners were going to make an impact. So that was pretty good.”

“And also, there was another long-term clue or a thought that could come in, is that now slowly in white ball cricket, Jadeja could now be looked at as a batting all-rounder. He bowled 2 overs, but if he’s going to take important positions in the batting order and make the kind of contribution that he did against Pakistan then Wow! He fits in perfectly. So, you’ve got Hardik Pandya as the extra bowler, then Jadeja can be your push-in if one of the seamers don’t bowl well. So going up the order and him also delivering are great signs for India where there we are seeing slowly a transition of Jadeja becoming more of a batting all-rounder in white ball cricket,” said Manjrekar.

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