In a decade-long international career, the 31-year-old has often come under the microscope, especially in limited overs cricket. However, as Jadeja’s batsman turned a new leaf with his innings in Manchester, his critics who called him a ‘bits and a piece of cricket’ were silenced.
Since then, Jadeja has become more confident and measured in the crease and the Indian team has begun to play the role they crave. Getting to bat below the order is no mean job, but in the last year, his consistency in ODIs has improved.
He has taken his game to another level on his tour of Down Under India. He scored 66 off 50 balls in the final ODI in Canberra. He scored 44 off 23 balls in the first T20. (Scorecard)
It’s not just the runs they score, but also the time and shot-selection that compliment the team.
Jadeja is credited with MS Dhoni’s new consistency and power-hitting fame.
“We (Dhoni) say if we take it to the end, there will be a lot of runs in the last four overs,” he said.