India news August 8, 2013

'Not surprised by Jadeja's rise' - Kohli

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Kah 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 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Android 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

  • Nish 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!

  • Kalyanaraman 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.

  • darius 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.....

  • Dummy4 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.