England v India, 3rd ODI, The Oval

Ravindra Jadeja's second coming

Ravindra Jadeja arrived in England only on the eve of the third ODI but managed to make significant contributions with bat, ball and in the field

Nagraj Gollapudi at The Oval

September 10, 2011

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Ravindra Jadeja trudged off The Oval with head bowed, having done everything possible to try and secure India's maiden win on this tour of England. He led them back from the depths of 58 for 5 with a half-century, took two wickets at critical moments during England's chase, and threw himself in the field to choke the flow of runs. He did all this despite landing at Heathrow only at 7.30 am on the eve of the third ODI.

When Manoj Tiwary played the second match at the Rose Bowl hours after arriving in England, Jadeja was in Mumbai, waiting for his UK visa to arrive. Tiwary's call-up as a replacement for Rohit Sharma had been announced on September 4, while Jadeja had been named as Gautam Gambhir's replacement on August 31. Yet, Jadeja had to wait nearly a week in frustration before he could join the squad.

Jadeja, however, has already had to face greater tests in his fledgling international career. At 22, he is part of the wave of young cricketers whose fortunes have been shaped by the IPL. Soon after being part of India's Under-19 World Cup triumph in 2008, Jadeja played a significant part in Rajasthan Royals' victory in the inaugural IPL. His success coincided with the Indian selectors' and captain MS Dhoni's push for youth in the Twenty20 and one-day squads.

Jadeja was a fit for the second allrounder's role, after Yuvraj Singh, but failed to secure his place despite several opportunities. His inconsistent batting hurt his cause at a time when Yusuf Pathan's big hitting attracted a lot of attention. Jadeja eventually had to make way.

The BCCI then barred Jadeja from playing the third season of the IPL because he had tried to sign deals with other franchises when his contract with Rajasthan did not allow it. Jadeja admitted his fault and sat on the sidelines. A year later, however, demand for him had not dropped. Kochi Tuskers Kerala paid $900,000 for him and he repaid them with all-round performances, finishing the fourth IPL season as the franchise's second-highest run-scorer.

Jadeja brought all his IPL learning to The Oval today. At 58 for 5, with 31 overs to go, he was up against Graeme Swann, who has phenomenal success against left-hand batsmen. Jadeja paid him respect, playing predominantly on the back foot, a method Rahul Dravid, India's best batsman on the tour, used successfully against the world's leading spinner.

Alastair Cook, the England captain, did not set attacking fields, perhaps assuming Jadeja would try to battle his nerves by doing something rash. Like Suresh Raina had. Jadeja, however, batted with composure. Even when subjected to a short-ball barrage from Stuart Broad, Jadeja stayed in his crease, rode the bounce and scored behind point.

Ravindra Jadeja powers one down the ground, England v India, 3rd ODI, The Oval, September 9 2011
Ravindra Jadeja helped rescue India's innings from disaster © Getty Images

It helped that he had Dhoni with him. They annoyed England's bowlers, Swann in particular, with their swift running between the wickets. They stole singles and took two when other Indian batsmen would have settled for one.

Before he tapped James Anderson delicately to the fine-leg boundary, Jadeja had barely played two scoring shots on the leg side. There were plenty on the off though. With three overs to go, Anderson surprisingly had four fielders deep on the leg side. Jadeja capitalised by lofting twice over the fielder at mid-off for successive boundaries. He added 60 runs with R Ashwin in the last five overs, leading India to a modest total of 234 for 7.

A bigger encouragement for India than Jadeja's batting, though, was his slow left-arm bowling. To arrive on the eve of the match and adapt to English conditions without any overs under his belt was a significant achievement.

"[When] I was batting, Graeme Swann was turning the ball, so I thought if I bowl slow I can also get the turn," Jadeja said after receiving the Man-of-the-Match award. He did bowl slowly but he also gave the ball a hard rip on a pitch that turned more as it got older.

Not having faced an Indian left-arm spinner on this trip, England's batsmen were not at ease. Bowling an off-stump line, Jadeja mixed his orthodox deliveries with arm balls. Craig Kieswetter, who had given England a brisk start, could not read a straight delivery, having been beaten by turning deliveries the previous two balls.

With the penultimate delivery of his final over, Jadeja angled the ball sharply into Tim Bresnan and bowled him, breaking a 60-run partnership for the sixth wicket. England needed 25 from as many deliveries. Jadeja had finished his quota of nine overs and, as he had done with the bat, had brought India back into the contest.

"His bowling was always up to the mark. Maybe it was the batting which was a bit of a concern," Dhoni said about why Jadeja was dropped last year. "He showed improvement from the IPL, where he faced bowlers who bowled close to 140kph, and he was able to play those big shots needed when you bat at No. 7. Overall he looks more complete right now."

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Posted by Johnny_129 on (September 11, 2011, 22:35 GMT)

Jadeja's contribution has been few and far between. The selectors are hung up on the few complimentary words that Warne had to say about Jadeja. There are other more deserving candidates. India won the WC after dropping Jadeja from the squad - that was no coincidence...it was a major contributing factor!

Posted by here2rock on (September 11, 2011, 1:05 GMT)

Lets hope Dhoni is right, Indian needs an allrounder of some sort, they would prefer the one with a bit of pace but anybody with allround skills will do for the time being!

Posted by Deepak_Toronto on (September 11, 2011, 0:03 GMT)

Jadeja can not be a match winner .we need a big hitter at number 7.But Jadeja can accumulate runs so he should bat at the top but we should wait for 4-5 innings.It is too early to make any statement.I hate his past performances.

Indian team should set targets for top batsmen and bowlers.If they do not achieve targets in 5 innings then drop them and bring in new palyer.

We have a good bench strength:

Upcoming batsmen : Rahane,Pujara,Rohit Sharma.N

Good Allrounders [Bowl/Bat] : Pathan Bros,Mishra,Aswin,Piyush,Jadeja

Good Allrounders [Wk/Bat]: Uttahapa/Parthiv/Karthik

Bowlers: Instead of playing three medium pacers why do not we play 3 spinners with different styles of spin bowling . BCCI should have spin bowling and fast bowling coaches. Train following players in the spin bowling [Trainers:Parsanna/Bedi/Kumble/Warne/Murli/Hirwani] : Yuvraj,Yusuf,Ojha,Piyush,Aswin,Mishra ,Rahul Sharma, Bhajji ,Murli Karthik and Jadeja

Upcoming Pacers can be trained by Srinath/Vaas/Akram/Brett Le

Posted by JatinG on (September 10, 2011, 21:00 GMT)

I didn't see it coming from Ravindra Jadeja........ He didn't looked convincing even on the flat Indian Tracks

Posted by JatinG on (September 10, 2011, 20:52 GMT)

Well played England!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by zico123 on (September 10, 2011, 20:37 GMT)

one sunny day doesn't make a summer, he is bit n pieces cricket, not good enough for international cricket, ones indias big guns return, there is no place for Jadeja. yuvraj is our best 5th bowler and can bat at 4.

Posted by vinaykmr on (September 10, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

kudoes to jadeja. did bolti bandh of all his critics, he has been performing at domestic level with huge success. hope he does it at intnl level. n yesterday he showed the promise with gr8 success. that knock is more important considering it has been done against eng bowlers in their own den with ball swinging, seaming, n bouncing, n all other big names had failed.

Posted by m_ilind on (September 10, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

IMHO, what India needs at the moment is a series against Pak. This will test the mental strength of the players along with their physical skills. A like for like matchup always brings out the best from both teams.

Posted by Collegefastbowler on (September 10, 2011, 15:09 GMT)

Umesh Yadav and Varun Yadav are the future of Indian pace bowling. Both bowl at around 145 kmph and their presence can add significant teeth to the current insipid medium pace attack that the selectors seem to prefer. These two bowlers should have been added to the team long ago. Instead trundlers like Munaf Patel, Vinay and RP Singh have been persisted with for far too long. Granted they may go for runs initially but they have the pace and will learn quickly with guidance from the coaches. The selectors need to look to the future and also at the playing conditions and pick the right team based on current performance and ability.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 14:28 GMT)

Bat him up the order ..either 4 or 5. He is not a big hitter, but he is n accumilator who could score runs in the middle overs. Always he came to bat at 7-8 for India and blame him for not getting good knocks.

Posted by vikicork on (September 10, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

its a shame that Srikkanth is ignoring the players from Tamil Nadu and CSK ,why are Vijay ,Mukund ,Anirudha not in ODI side and Badrinath should be in playing 11 . India would have won last two games easily ha

Posted by pr3m on (September 10, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

I wish India does the same to an English player. Deny him visa till the last moment, and let him come when it's too late. Let's see a single guy in this English side have the talent to come do this.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

Good that jadeja played well.I always thought 5th fifth bolwers is something that we want as an attachking options that is exactly it turned out to be.I am not sure of him playing at No.7.But let us see how it goes from here.Also hate the attitude from Munaf y he is always shouts at others when he himself is not at his best

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (September 10, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

"Overall he looks more complete right now." Friendship forever. now this guy will play for atleast 1 year.

Posted by pavan31 on (September 10, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

After a long long time, India found a good all-rounder in Yuvi during the world cup but unfortunately he isn't available for the Eng series due to his injury and I think Jadeja is definitely a good replacement for Yuvi but in a different way (i.e; different batting position and an orthodox left-arm spinner). At least I saw a huge improvement in Jadeja's performance last IPL for Kochi. Let's not look at his below-par performance in his earlier chances as he is a different player now. If he continues to play well, Dhoni will have two good all-rounders in Yuvi and Jadeja to choose and hopefully they deliver everytime. As an Indian fan, it's amazing to see few young players like Rahane, Jadeja getting chances in such a big tours and performing well.

Posted by bMike on (September 10, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

Jadeja is an ordinary player. He gets a 50 once in 25 matches & his bowling is also not consistent. So Jadeja should be kicked out of the team after this tour. Dinesh Karthik is a better player & he should replace Jadeja.

Posted by ani_cric on (September 10, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

Even Jadeja may be surprised with what happened ... Cook Feild setup was very poor ..as these T20-20 batsman just know to swing the bat like baseball and get lucky most of the time .... the fluke continues for indivudual ..yesterday Sachin ..today dhoni ..tomorrow Jadeja..... BUT AS A TEAM TOTALLY EXPOSED .....

Posted by moscowman on (September 10, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

This is the problem with us. One or two innings performance and the player is praised sky high, with comments like,' why he has not played fo India earlier?" "How could he have been not selected?","He is the player of the future"etc.,etc., shower them with money,houses,plots etc., so that their heads do not stay erect on their shoulders and the next season they fall like "Humpty Dumpty". For heaven's sake stop pampering them with crores of money, appreciate saying "well done,keep it up' and wait for a couple of seasons before gauging him.Otherwise we will have dozens of "India's finds" lying scattered on the wayside. Too much of money too quickly is not the way to the future for the immature youngsters. Otherwise all will go the way of Irfan,Yusuf... And what happened to Mithuns,Karthiks? Please,let us not go head over heels on too few performances before showering them with superlative adjectives.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 10, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

Finding allrounders is not the solution to the problems highlighted by this tour. We have to find bowlers that can take wickets and and batsmen who can score runs. That means firstly succeeding on Indian pitches and then adapting to overseas conditions. How this is achieved is open to debate such as changing the nature of Indian pitches but I would also suggest that bowlers talk to and study Zaheer and all the other great bowlers past and present whilst batsmen should do the same with Dravid. If an all rounder is found, fine, but the main focus should be on players performing their primary discipline. If a batting line up of Sehwag, Gambir, Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar and Dhoni fail you shouldn't have to depend on an all-rounder or bowlers who can bat. If batsmen don't score because opposition bowlers are good and we have good bowlers this will make for interesting cricket and a good contest. Truly strong teams can defend low scores with bowlers as well as high ones created by batsmen.

Posted by jagansanthanam on (September 10, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

I would not make too much out of one good performance alone. An article like this is deserving if a player is consistent over a series or two. One thing is for sure, he does not appear to be a big hitter of the cricket ball. Based on the pool of players that India has in England at the moment, his style of batting may prove to be very useful like the innings he played yesterday. When players like Shewag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj & Gambhir returns to the squad, Jadeja may not have enough overs to play in limited overs cricket. If he comes in around 42nd or 43rd over and if the team expects him to scores a quick 35-40 runs, he may have a problem getting those runs quickly for the team. Unless his batting is so good that he bats way higher in the order, it is unlikely that he will be a good X factor like a Yusuf (once in a while) is. What we need is a genuine quick bowling allrounder....is there on in India....i do not think so!

Posted by Scrop on (September 10, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

Well played Jadeja, am not a big supporter of him but this time deserves it. But its just one game. He needs to do it consistently to be termed as an AR. I hope he does it.

Posted by ChuckyDoll on (September 10, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

Club vs. Country. Talent is not a problem for India, consistency is! Let's not go ga-ga over 1 performance. Sure, it is commendable that he showed up at a short notice. However, soon the English will sort him out. Why can't India sort out the Andersons, Broads. They did seem to take care of Jade Derbach, though.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 10, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

Let's not build up any of the young Indian batsmen just yet - the real test came today at the start of innings when the ball was moving around and clearly they failed. Compare this to the flat pitches of the T20I and 1st 2 ODIs. They should use the ODI eries to learn about the conditions and make the necessary adjustments to make themselves better players and not worry about winning / losing. So that means putting a price on their wicket and showing they have the technique to deal with the lateral movement. We will also have to see how they cope when the opposition has studies these new players and made plans for them. There's a long way to go and hopefully this is just the beginning but we will have to wait and see. The bowling generally continues to hopeless. With each of the pace bowlers having 1 maybe 2 good deliveries each spell and the rest mediocre. Why can they not ball more the good deliveries consistently as its not a question of ability.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

No need to go ga-ga our Jadeja performance, it could just be a fluke. Let him perform consistently for 2-3 series before we pass a judgement. Let him stay grounded. Last time when I commented I wrote that for a change Dhoni will bring in his good friend R.P. Singh instead of Varoon Arun and I was right. But if Dhoni is so interested in promoting his good friend then at least he can bring in Varoon in place of Munaf who can neither bowl which is his primary job and we should forget about his batting and fielding. Please selectors bring varron at least we can show the world that we have one fast bowler in India

Posted by lvli on (September 10, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

and 1 more thing....kick munaf patel out of team...no need...look how he was shouting at kohli and other fielders...disgusting...and see hw he fields himself...plus his bowling was disaster...nd no need for such players who behave lyk dz on field...

Posted by howizzat on (September 10, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

J is a typical ODI wicket taking bowler, giving away not too many runs. He should have been regularly played in place of Harbhajan in the past too. Though he may not have the glamour quotient of Yusuf and Bhajji. A utility player is needed in any ODI team to offset the failures from whom normally people expect to get decieved.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

cricket is a funny game and jadeja proved it right.before the match he is claimed as an allrounder who can't bat, can't bowl,can't field he made these allegations totally wrong.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

jadeja should bat 5 and raina 7.

Posted by mehulmatrix on (September 10, 2011, 8:15 GMT)

I think he's a very good all round cricketer in making. Though he doesnt blast say like Pathan, but he cant definitely became like Bevan.Very cool, swift between wickets, good odd 4/6's and finisher was bevan. His good bowling skills will be a big plus.Possibly he can also be a good middle order player in tests in place of Raina. Wonder how Raina has got in team and for so long. He has many technical flaws against pace and spin aswell.

Posted by max234 on (September 10, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

jadeja played very well but somehow he doesn't have that x factor who can win the game single handly under pressure.so far he has 5 half-centuries,out of which 4 are on loosing cause so it doesn't give an impression.as for yousuf pathan u cant say that,he wins u single handly.once yuvi comes there is no point in going with 2 leftarms.

Posted by kingcobra85 on (September 10, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

well you were the same guys wanting munaf over sreesanth...who in this conditions would have been a better bet

Posted by anand32026 on (September 10, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

Jadeja Plays good all-round cricket....we loss match it has 3 or 4 reason 1)When our bowlers are in good rythem means when score is 95/3 then rain interrupt if rain not come our bowler took 2 or 3 wicket at that time. 2)When ashwin 8th over end at that time dhoni gives to munaf bowling and give continously to munaf at end of match too..3)Our filding is good today but parthiv,munaf and praveen miss field most of time...in this case we save at least 10runs..... but in one day series we find new talents ajinkya and others...its positive thing for Indian cricket...I hope in last two one days India win both matches.....Best Luck...

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

I've always been a supporter of Jadeja, through thick and thin, my fellow regular commentators here on Cricinfo may remember that. I always believed that he is very talented and finally he proved me correct. I remember his innings against England in the T20 WC in England, which many said cost us the match. But i believe he was the best option available to India at #7, where Yusuf Pathan was his main competitor. Pathan's bowling has left a lot to be desired and though his batting is explosive, we need a bowling allrounder more than a batting one. This is where Jadeja scores over him. If he can become a little more consistent with the bat, he can solve the #7 issue for India for long. Now, if only Irfan Pathan gets his bowling issues sorted out, we'll be a team to beat, at least in limited format.

Posted by BabishMohan on (September 10, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

Here is a possible Indian 15 for the next few years and 2015 WC


Posted by Indunil76Shantha on (September 10, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

I like what i saw in this guy, boy looks to me he is like "Dada". What a player can he be if only India can be patience with him. Warny call him a "Rock Star", Mind you, he doesn't get many things wrong. :)

Posted by Noboundary on (September 10, 2011, 4:52 GMT)

Without exception all the new guys proved their mettle. Varun Aaron should also be brought in and should replace Munaf. I see Munaf fuming and getting upset with other fielders when he is the one who is to be blamed for mediocre bowling and as Gavaskar commented he expects everybody to be a superman when fielding for his bowling but his own fielding is very ordinary. Any of the long retired bowlers (Kapil, Srinath,...) would bowl better than him today.....

Posted by aakkil on (September 10, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

bowling friendly wickets,partiv, rahane,kohli..how good they are! Rahane still looks a good prospect,don't go behind hard hitters.we need to build solid test side. Pujara,mukund,rahane, are the players to look forwardbowling friendly wickets,partiv, rahane,kohli..how good they are! Rahane still looks a good prospect,don't go behind hard hitters.we need to build solid test side. Pujara,mukund,rahane, are the players to look forward

Posted by landl47 on (September 10, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

Jadeja looked a good young player. He batted correctly, without those ugly heaves which make Raina appear so ungainly. His bowling was useful, though I don't think it will take England's better players of spin bowling long to work him out. He and the other young Indian players have looked much better in the field than their rather elderly test counterparts. Jadejar and Ashwin looked a much better bet than Bhaji and Mishra did early in the tour.

Posted by kingcobra85 on (September 10, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

Can we please stick with Jadeja as the all rounder in the team and all this chopping and changing isn't going to help the team. Ashwin has been the frontline spinner in the team for quiet sometime...the critics always had he is not an allrounder against him ...now he also has scored a 19 ball 36 against a very good English attack in England

Play with these two for atleast a year before deciding anything else. We are never going to get a fast bowling allrounder

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