ENG vs IND: “He has not yet realized his potential” – Virender Sehwag on Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja was given a nod ahead of R Ashwin in the Nottingham Test, owing to the former's superior batting skills.

Virender Sehwag and Ravindra Jadeja
Virender Sehwag and Ravindra Jadeja

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag has stated that the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has much more potential than he has realised thus far.

The southpaw is currently playing in the five-match Test series against England where he was given an opportunity ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin in the maiden game. Jadeja made the most out of it as he played an outstanding knock of 56 runs in 86 balls, including eight boundaries and one six. This helped India gain a crucial lead of 95 runs, however, the rain Gods spoiled the party and the inaugural Test ended in a draw.

While speaking to Sony Sports, Sehwag recalled the early days when Jadeja made his international debut under his vice-captaincy. He highlighted that the left-hander has become India’s main bowler now but initially the things were different.

“Now Ravindra Jadeja is the main bowler, left-arm spinner for India. And his contribution with the bat, he has not yet realized his potential but it has been magnificent.

“I still remember when Ravindra Jadeja had come for the first time, I was the vice-captain that time, our mindset was to get a bowler who bats as well and gives a break to our main bowlers. He came with that thinking,” highlighted Sehwag.

“Ravindra Jadeja is an important player of this team”

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja

The cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out the importance of Ravindra Jadeja in the current Indian team. Sehwag said that Jadeja is a crucial member who contributes with both, bat and ball. The 42-year-old also talked about his knock against England on a difficult batting pitch at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

“Ravindra Jadeja is an important player of this team, especially when we talk about Test match cricket because firstly, he bowls 25-30 overs and secondly, he comes and bats at No.7 or No.8. When batsmen get out, he scores the crucial runs.

“He scored 56 runs in this Test match, they were crucial runs. Probably, because of his 56 runs, only India got the lead and went ahead of England,” he signed off.

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