India news August 8, 2013

'Not surprised by Jadeja's rise' - Kohli

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Virat Kohli, India's captain during the ODI series in Zimbabwe, has said he is "not surprised" by Ravindra Jadeja's rise in the ICC ODI bowlers' rankings after the left-arm spinner jumped up four places to be joint No. 1 with West Indies offspinner Sunil Narine.

Kohli lauded Jadeja's performances during the last two years and said he has made a "huge impact" in India's recent ODI victories.



"I am really happy for Jadeja that he is the No.1 bowler in the world and he deserves it," Kohli told IANS at a promotional event in Delhi. "He is one of those guys who will always make something happen on the field. When he comes on to bowl, he will probably get you the breakthrough or just control the run flow straightaway. He has made a huge impact on our ODI victories.

"I am not surprised, to be honest. He has made huge strides in international cricket specially in the ODIs. In the last one or two years he has really been consistent with his bowling. Plus, he chips in with the bat every time the team needs."

Jadeja took only five wickets in five matches against Zimbabwe but is the leading wicket-taker this year in ODIs with 38 wickets from 22 matches, with an average of 18.86 and economy of 3.78.

Kohli has led India in eight ODIs but the series against Zimbabwe was his first full series as captain which India won 5-0. Kohli stated he has spoken to MS Dhoni several times about captaincy, among other things, and has picked up several tips from him on the field.

"I spoke a lot to Dhoni about how to keep my composure in difficult situations," he said. "I have seen him and he does not react at all, it is a very hard thing for a captain and I tried to learn as much as I could from him. I spoke to him about field placings, when to control a certain situation in a match, when to go defensive and when on the attack.

"I observe him a lot when I am standing with him on the field. I notice what he tries to do with his bowlers and field placements. I have really learnt a lot from him and it has really helped me in leading the side."

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  • Viswesh.cricket on August 9, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    The most important thing about Jadeja's rise is that he is playing under one of the most sensible captains of the modern day. Dhoni is a master captain who understands his troops in and out and that is the most important factor in Jadeja's rise. India has had problems with the all-rounder spot since Kapil Dev as everybody is aware and yet, not one all rounder has been groomed as required by the team. Jadeja has to remain a bowling all rounder. Dhoni recognizes that rather well. He is useful with the bat but it is important that he keeps working on his bowling. The fact that he is lightning in the field is an added advantage. I haven't seen a bowler from India topping the rankings in a long time, let alone an all-rounder. Well done, Jaddu and Dhoni gets a fair share of the credit.

  • wolf777 on August 9, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja continues a tradition of left arm orthodox spin bowling allrounders from Jamnagar….Vinoo Mankad, Salim Durrani and now Ravindra Jadeja. Though he reminds me or Ravi Shashtri another left arm orthodox who could bat. Jadeja is perfect for No. 6 sport for Tests. He provides an option of having the fourth fast bowler in places like Australia, England and New Zealand. His role as an allrounder is vital for India to reclaim the No. 1 Test Ranking.

  • kahvas on August 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    @Affan Tahir. Lol were you sleeping all this time. Jadeja is #1 because he has consistently bowled well against England, Australia, etc Champions trophy WI tour. Even in test matches Australia got 4-0 thrashing and Jadeja had a massive hand in that.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 11, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Jadeja is a utility bowler - good for ODI and T20. Don't expect him to take wickets in a test match against the likes of SA, England, or Sri Lanka. Against top quality batsmen, we need spinners who can outfox the batsmen - line and length won't cut it.

  • on August 10, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    SRJ is someone in the mould of Rusi Surti or Salim Durrani both of whom where not properly nurtured by the then captains or selectors. With likes of MSD at the helm real talents surfaces.

  • on August 10, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Lol a wicket against a zimbabwean is nowhere near as worth as any other cricket full-member. Based on that there's no way Jadeja is better than Narine or Ajmal for that matter.

  • on August 10, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Jadeja is a utility cricketer...a sort of small all rounder who can field well, pick up wickets here and there and score some runs too....very good for shorter version of cricket..such cricketers are handy from a team composition perspective. .Jadeja fits well into this team...may not do so in every team. He is like those utility all rounders NZ used to produce in 90s like Harriss and Larsen and Dion Nash etc

  • Capricorn60 on August 9, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Although SRJ has done admirably well in ODI's & in home Tests to date, the question is he good enough to become a batting all-rounder instead - able to bat at the No. 6 slot in alien & hostile overseas Test conditions. Is he capable at batting at this position against SA later this year when you have the likes of Steyn & Morkel bowling fast & furious at him. Do you risk this against SA or play safe by opting for a more experienced front line batsmen in this slot like say Rohit Sharma or perhaps Raina? The jury is out on this but facing Steyn in SA is certainly no place to experiment!

  • kalyanbk on August 9, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Being No. 1 in anything is something to be appreciated and India has not had a No. 1 player in the rankings in a while. Having said that however, I really do not believe that Ravindra Jadeja ranks among the great bowlers or all rounders. It is just that he happens to have his captain's backing during tough times and he came through with some consistent performances of late. If he can continue to produce centuries and 5 wicket hauls, he will earn his place among the greats.

  • dariuscorny on August 9, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Jadeja is good player nothing exra ordinary about him,1.5 yrs ago it was Yuvraj who was doing the same job who was and is miles ahead of Jadeja in batting and not far behind in bowling too,if Yuvi comesback it will be between Jadeja and DK,coz i dont see Jadeja as a long term possibility (he's good though),well in SA he is not going to perform specially in tests coz Saffers are no. 1 in tests for some reason.....

  • Viswesh.cricket on August 9, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    The most important thing about Jadeja's rise is that he is playing under one of the most sensible captains of the modern day. Dhoni is a master captain who understands his troops in and out and that is the most important factor in Jadeja's rise. India has had problems with the all-rounder spot since Kapil Dev as everybody is aware and yet, not one all rounder has been groomed as required by the team. Jadeja has to remain a bowling all rounder. Dhoni recognizes that rather well. He is useful with the bat but it is important that he keeps working on his bowling. The fact that he is lightning in the field is an added advantage. I haven't seen a bowler from India topping the rankings in a long time, let alone an all-rounder. Well done, Jaddu and Dhoni gets a fair share of the credit.

  • wolf777 on August 9, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja continues a tradition of left arm orthodox spin bowling allrounders from Jamnagar….Vinoo Mankad, Salim Durrani and now Ravindra Jadeja. Though he reminds me or Ravi Shashtri another left arm orthodox who could bat. Jadeja is perfect for No. 6 sport for Tests. He provides an option of having the fourth fast bowler in places like Australia, England and New Zealand. His role as an allrounder is vital for India to reclaim the No. 1 Test Ranking.

  • kahvas on August 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    @Affan Tahir. Lol were you sleeping all this time. Jadeja is #1 because he has consistently bowled well against England, Australia, etc Champions trophy WI tour. Even in test matches Australia got 4-0 thrashing and Jadeja had a massive hand in that.

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 11, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Jadeja is a utility bowler - good for ODI and T20. Don't expect him to take wickets in a test match against the likes of SA, England, or Sri Lanka. Against top quality batsmen, we need spinners who can outfox the batsmen - line and length won't cut it.

  • on August 10, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    SRJ is someone in the mould of Rusi Surti or Salim Durrani both of whom where not properly nurtured by the then captains or selectors. With likes of MSD at the helm real talents surfaces.

  • on August 10, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Lol a wicket against a zimbabwean is nowhere near as worth as any other cricket full-member. Based on that there's no way Jadeja is better than Narine or Ajmal for that matter.

  • on August 10, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Jadeja is a utility cricketer...a sort of small all rounder who can field well, pick up wickets here and there and score some runs too....very good for shorter version of cricket..such cricketers are handy from a team composition perspective. .Jadeja fits well into this team...may not do so in every team. He is like those utility all rounders NZ used to produce in 90s like Harriss and Larsen and Dion Nash etc

  • Capricorn60 on August 9, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Although SRJ has done admirably well in ODI's & in home Tests to date, the question is he good enough to become a batting all-rounder instead - able to bat at the No. 6 slot in alien & hostile overseas Test conditions. Is he capable at batting at this position against SA later this year when you have the likes of Steyn & Morkel bowling fast & furious at him. Do you risk this against SA or play safe by opting for a more experienced front line batsmen in this slot like say Rohit Sharma or perhaps Raina? The jury is out on this but facing Steyn in SA is certainly no place to experiment!

  • kalyanbk on August 9, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Being No. 1 in anything is something to be appreciated and India has not had a No. 1 player in the rankings in a while. Having said that however, I really do not believe that Ravindra Jadeja ranks among the great bowlers or all rounders. It is just that he happens to have his captain's backing during tough times and he came through with some consistent performances of late. If he can continue to produce centuries and 5 wicket hauls, he will earn his place among the greats.

  • dariuscorny on August 9, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Jadeja is good player nothing exra ordinary about him,1.5 yrs ago it was Yuvraj who was doing the same job who was and is miles ahead of Jadeja in batting and not far behind in bowling too,if Yuvi comesback it will be between Jadeja and DK,coz i dont see Jadeja as a long term possibility (he's good though),well in SA he is not going to perform specially in tests coz Saffers are no. 1 in tests for some reason.....

  • on August 9, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    @Anand Jakhotia: One should try to be himself, that is true, but you have to learn from successful person also, if he is trying to learn from sme one who made india champions, then it is very good. I'd do the same. But, i'll try to be myself.

  • on August 9, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    i think kohli should try 2 be himself rather than cloning himself on someone else's path. what suits u may not necessarily suit to others. As for jadeja, he's fine for the moment[atleast in ODI's].

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 9, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Jadeja is another Ravi Shashtri and Unadkat is left arm version of Ishant Sharma. Both of them won't amount to anything in SA. In South Africa, we need Zaheer Khan - if he is fit. How did Unadkat get selected ahead of better left arm pacers like Fallah of Maharashtra and Suyal of Delhi ??

  • Capricorn60 on August 9, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @ManThes_P, hear what you say but India simply can't go into any of the Tests against with SA just having two quicks as they do at home & SA conditions are not renowned for assisting spin - so something may have to give!

  • on August 9, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @FNS18 and kiran lobo...jadeja before zim. tour had 33 wickets in 17 games. so this means he has proved himself against strong cricketing nations.. not only on indian soil but also overseas in england.. he is just a lucky guy same as MSD ...n will keep taking wickets at any ground.. he's not that talented but has a gud cricketing mind like MSD.. batsman often miss read his bowling n get stumped but dhoni behind d stumps knows exactly what's gonna happen..

  • StarHawk on August 9, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @Kiran Lobo, really? I guess you don't watch cricket at all, except the IPL and matches against Zimbabwe. He has been impressive in the Test series against Australia, Champions Trophy in England against teams such as Pak, England etc. and then he shined in the tri series as well, against SL & WI. Please check his record before making ignorant statements.

  • on August 9, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Jadeja hasn't really been tested so far. He has shined only in IPL n with teams like Zimbabwe , Bangladesh etc. he isn't great..

  • class9ryan on August 9, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    A important tour of South Africa coming up. If Jadeja bowls well at the Africans at venues like Wanderers and Centurion, he is a permanent fixture for the 2015 WC in Australia. India have given very limited opportunities for him to bat. If he gets to bat vs RSA in tests facing Morne, Steyn and Philander it would do him a word of good. We might find a serious Gary Soberseque or Kapil Devesque all rounder.

  • kidbuu00700 on August 9, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @ Jaspreet they are three words Sir Ravindra Jadeja

  • Naresh28 on August 9, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    I wonder if he will be knighted one day. Long way to go - keep it up.

  • parthigeth on August 9, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    almost all countries moved to next generation of cricketers.... india having good next generation of cricketers............ that's why india is no1 and jadeja is no1........

  • on August 9, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Doubt is a word, Sir Ravindra Jadega is assurance!! That's all

  • on August 9, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    let us watch ICC world cup in 2015 .... To check them all

  • on August 9, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    one word : Sir Ravinder Jadeja

  • FNS18 on August 9, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Jadeja has done great job either on Indian soil (versus Australia) on turning tracks or against weaker teams like Zimbabwe. Yes he played very well in Champions Trophy but his real test will be in South Africa.There is a great chance he won't click there and as per Indian mentality we will say he had one bad tour. We will never acknowledge that some players like Jadeja have their limitations against quality team. Note that he is in the Team India after scoring so called two triple centuries against two weaker team in Ranji trophy and that too on smaller grounds. That says all.

  • on August 9, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1 ... rasool is a good cricketer with the proof we have seen in the ipl and ranji trophy! but kashmir plays in the plate league and ipl "20 over cricke"t is far from being the real test of a cricketers skills ! rasool has a good game we can see that, visibly and a good head on his shoulders too ... but calling him the best all rounder in india at the moment is exaggeration! think how long ambati rayadu waited before geting his first game, or for that matter s.badrinath who has been around for an eternity around the fringes? its not good to criticize a for not picking a player simply because the player has created a sort of history by being the first player from a state till now was not know to have produced any cricketers for the country! let cricket be just a game please dont mix politics into it !

  • spot_on on August 9, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    @prashadguruge : You have every right to criticize Indian cricket buddy as long as your country's cricket lives on food stamps provided by BCCI.

  • Vishal_07 on August 9, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Only Sir Jaddu could have become #1 by taking 5 wickets in 5 ODI matches against the bottom ranked Zimbabwe team :)

  • on August 9, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    @prashadguruge Your comment shows a sheer lack of understanding of Indian ethos about cricket.. Why..are not the Brits mad abt their football? Are not the Americans mad about their basketball and baseball? Cricket bat or ball is something that an Indian kid holds in his hand first thing after his milk bottle...it is more than sport for us and we are proud of it....so what if we fight over it...get obseesed with it...cricket is still the greatest symbol of unity in a diverse land of India.

  • on August 9, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Whoever it may be srj or ashwin or rasool let all of them play for India with flair n let our team win more n more matches and even the 2015 world cup all the best team India

  • ProdigyA on August 9, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Sirji Respect....Very well deserved...There is no doubt about his ability as a bowler, all he now has to do is become a more dependable batsman, more so as a hitter who can score at a fast pace as he comes pretty late in the order. Good luck.

  • gtr800 on August 8, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Truly is a very talented sportsman. 3 triple centuries in domestic cricket & he's improved his bowling amazingly to power himself to become a potentially outstanding allrounder. Not to mention is fielding is probably the best in the Indian side! Very exciting prospect for India in all formats. Could be the best allrounder since Kapil Dev.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 8, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1: I hope you are not joking. Rasool will eventually get his chance. But to call him the best all-rounder in India is exaggeration personified. You are stating something without any proof or stats to back your claim. Jadeja is the best all-rounder available to India at the moment and his performances prove it. Please don't criticise for the sake of criticising. Perhaps the selectors have something better in mind for Rasool. Jadeja deserves all the accolades. He's a fine cricketer and will serve India for many more years to come. Playing for India is a HONOUR. Rasool has to wait and I am sure he is patient enough and understands that.

  • Cricfever_PM on August 8, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Jaddu deservered the top ranking in ODI bowlers!!

    @ Capricorn:: Jaddu will be there in the team as all rounder not spinner, hence Ashwin & jaddu will be playing!!

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 8, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Kohli is not surprised by Jadeja's rise because he prevented Rasool from competing with Jadeja. On current form, Rasool is the best all-rounder in India. Jadeja reminds me of Ravi Shashtri. There's only one way for Jaddu from here - downwards.

  • prashadguruge on August 8, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Indian supporters says they are the best team in the world according to the rankings..but others says they aren't the best.... because other country don't play mad cricket they play cricket as a sport whatever rankings ,England South Africa and Australia have real and enjoyable cricket ,,and not only them but also NewZealand and Sri lanka

  • Capricorn60 on August 8, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Intriguing to see who between SRJ & Ashwin gets the nod in being in the team in the Tests against SA as surely only one spinner will be chosen!

  • on August 8, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Its true... jaddu deserved. ...Cheers

  • on August 8, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Jadeja has been a revelation after being banned for one year for his behaviour...his temperment will be tested in SA tests..hope ho responds best...fingers crossed

  • on August 8, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Jadeja has been a revelation after being banned for one year for his behaviour...his temperment will be tested in SA tests..hope ho responds best...fingers crossed

  • on August 8, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Its true... jaddu deserved. ...Cheers

  • Capricorn60 on August 8, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Intriguing to see who between SRJ & Ashwin gets the nod in being in the team in the Tests against SA as surely only one spinner will be chosen!

  • prashadguruge on August 8, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Indian supporters says they are the best team in the world according to the rankings..but others says they aren't the best.... because other country don't play mad cricket they play cricket as a sport whatever rankings ,England South Africa and Australia have real and enjoyable cricket ,,and not only them but also NewZealand and Sri lanka

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 8, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Kohli is not surprised by Jadeja's rise because he prevented Rasool from competing with Jadeja. On current form, Rasool is the best all-rounder in India. Jadeja reminds me of Ravi Shashtri. There's only one way for Jaddu from here - downwards.

  • Cricfever_PM on August 8, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Jaddu deservered the top ranking in ODI bowlers!!

    @ Capricorn:: Jaddu will be there in the team as all rounder not spinner, hence Ashwin & jaddu will be playing!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 8, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1: I hope you are not joking. Rasool will eventually get his chance. But to call him the best all-rounder in India is exaggeration personified. You are stating something without any proof or stats to back your claim. Jadeja is the best all-rounder available to India at the moment and his performances prove it. Please don't criticise for the sake of criticising. Perhaps the selectors have something better in mind for Rasool. Jadeja deserves all the accolades. He's a fine cricketer and will serve India for many more years to come. Playing for India is a HONOUR. Rasool has to wait and I am sure he is patient enough and understands that.

  • gtr800 on August 8, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Truly is a very talented sportsman. 3 triple centuries in domestic cricket & he's improved his bowling amazingly to power himself to become a potentially outstanding allrounder. Not to mention is fielding is probably the best in the Indian side! Very exciting prospect for India in all formats. Could be the best allrounder since Kapil Dev.

  • ProdigyA on August 9, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Sirji Respect....Very well deserved...There is no doubt about his ability as a bowler, all he now has to do is become a more dependable batsman, more so as a hitter who can score at a fast pace as he comes pretty late in the order. Good luck.

  • on August 9, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Whoever it may be srj or ashwin or rasool let all of them play for India with flair n let our team win more n more matches and even the 2015 world cup all the best team India