New Zealand v India, 3rd ODI, Auckland January 26, 2014

Jadeja turns a batting corner

In spite of the first-class triple hundreds, Ravindra Jadeja has rarely given the impression of his potential as a batsman at the international level. The innings in Auckland may just change that
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Crowe: Jadeja should be tried at No 4

Go back a couple of years or more. Think of Ravindra Jadeja with the ball. What is the image that comes to mind? Shane Watson slogging him for all those sixes? You muttering 'Oh, no' as you saw him come on to bowl in a tense situation? Come back to the present. Those images have been replaced with more comforting ones. Jadeja's predictability, and his occasional unpredictability, have become his strengths.

Now think of Jadeja with the bat. That image has not changed much. It is still one of him being sorted out easily with short balls. Or attempting something needless and getting out - like his dismissal in the second innings of the Durban Test against South Africa. An appearance of not seeming to have the wits to play the situation. Jadeja the bowler has earned respect, but Jadeja the batsman still has to. Those first-class triple centuries, rather than worthy medals, are still crosses to bear. He has seldom given the impression they are ever going to translate into anything substantial at the international level.

His unbeaten 66 that tied the Auckland ODI could potentially start to change that impression. More importantly, it could tell Jadeja that he could actually translate some of that first-class promise into performance, instead of simply being a useful bowler who bats.

Before this innings, only one of Jadeja's six half-centuries had come in an India win. Many of his contributions came after the game was over as a contest. But this one was well and truly alive and Jadeja made sure of that.

It takes special effort to haul your side to within one scoring shot of victory from 184 for 6 in a chase of 315. With the series at stake. All that after the last decent batsman fell with the score at 269, and No 11 came in at 286. To hit two fours and a six in the final over, and turn down a single in between, was an outstanding act of belief and execution under pressure.

Of course, it was far from perfect. Jadeja was dropped twice, he could have been run-out a few times. However, the chances were not the usual headless charges of the past. That he was able to take only one rather than two off the final ball should take absolutely nothing away from his effort, for India had no business being in that position had it not been for R Ashwin and Jadeja.

MS Dhoni said India were hoping Jadeja would continue to develop as a batsman and learn responding to situations. "Hopefully he gets more confidence out of this," Dhoni said. "There are certain things you can talk to individuals about. Not only him, but others as well, you can tell them what needs to be done. It is important what they are thinking and what they do when they are in the middle. That is entirely up to them.

"He has been very consistent in bowling and hopefully will contribute more in terms of batting. The kind of talent he has we have seen in the domestic circuit, loads of big hundreds. Just that he will have to get his thinking right. And this innings will help him."

You would never think of Jadeja as a highly cerebral cricketer. This is not doing him a disservice, but when you picture a thinking cricketer, Ashwin comes to mind. Jadeja is blessed with all-round cricketing talent. He is also one who just seems happy doing the captain's bidding. That is not a bad quality to have. If Dhoni wants to hold one end tight in a Test, Jadeja will not waver from that objective for want of trying. He will rarely try anything else all day.

But when it comes to batting, one's approach has to be a lot more fluid. Situations change every over, even every ball. You have to gauge them and react accordingly. You have to do that with the ball as well, but the stakes are much higher while batting. One mistake, and it is all over. This is the awareness that Jadeja needs to develop. He showed glimpses of that in Auckland. Can he make the world change its impression of him a second time?

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 30, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    I will never include Ashwin in playing x1

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    we loss 4th odi. but I still believe on team india. keep increase JADEJA batting position on no 4th place. I sure he is also doing good with bat.

  • jango_moh on January 27, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    @AltafPatel .... there are very few innings where a batsman doesnt offer a chance... even guptil who scored a century had numerous chances where he wud have been runout... fortune favours the brave!!!!

  • on January 27, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I like what MasterClass is saying, there are many youngsters who are knockign the door and you guys are sick of saying Gambhir, Sehwag, Yurvraj, Irfan etc.

    I also would like Ishant, Aaron, Rohit and Shikar (flat track bullies) to go back to domestic competition and peform for 1 or 2 seasons. There is plethora of talent recently Vijay Zol, Kedhar Jadhav, Jiwanjot , Rayudu and bowlers like Sandeep Sharma...I am not a selector but I have been following all domestic competitions there is huge talent being unused.

  • Temuzin on January 27, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    I totqally agree with posters for Jadeja given a chance to play at no.4 or 5. That position will make Jadeja to play to his talent. Number 8 is not doing any justice to hima s at that position you always come at tense situation and have no time to build your innings forcing you to play slogger. Jadeja is way better than number 8.

  • on January 27, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    My Team for rest of the series is 1) Dhavan 2) Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Raina5) Rohith sharma6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvi 10) Shami 11) Aron.

  • santik on January 27, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    To begin with Jadeja was a batsman who could bowl and he turns out to be a bowler who could bat. To be fair he was not contributing with the bat baring last match. If he could not contribute with the bat, it will cost the balance of the team especially in NZ/abroad where our batsmen struggled. We cannot afford to play with 5 bowlers though goni will not accept it. Now with little bit of luck, Jadeja produced gem of an innings. Now he is guaranteed his place for few more matches. Its up to him to establish himself.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 27, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    I agree with Nampally's last post entirely. Even regular batsmen, if they are playing in the lower order and are going for runs in a difficult chase they will play a few non cricketing shots and in the process give some catches not expected of them. Both Ashwin and Jadeja fall in that category. I have always believed that both of them could play really well if they play higher in the order because they do not have to imbibe the mad aspect of limited over games.The other thing is Varun Aaron has pace and so it is not easy to drive his good length balls like cannon fodder. If he has a bit of movement he can be handy. Yorkers from him similarly should make it difficult for the NZ batsmen. I also feel that Dhoni is a dud captain and needs to go at the earliest.He has no strategy really. just a Cool look is not what is needed.I wish he would take a leaf from the way Dravid used to lead both India and RR. Proactive and with good imagination.He used to move along.Dhoni is like a sitting duck

  • Testcricketistop on January 27, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    I thought Jadeja was very lucky not to be given out when he clearly found the edge, that decision cost NZ the game.

    But the reality is professional batsmen don't walk.

  • MasterClass on January 27, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    For all those asking for Gambhir, Yuvraj, etc. to be brought back get one thing straight: they are never returning to Indian Cricket. Never. Got it? NEVER. EVER. I personally would like to add Raina and Ishant to that list.

  • on January 30, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    I will never include Ashwin in playing x1

  • on January 28, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    we loss 4th odi. but I still believe on team india. keep increase JADEJA batting position on no 4th place. I sure he is also doing good with bat.

  • jango_moh on January 27, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    @AltafPatel .... there are very few innings where a batsman doesnt offer a chance... even guptil who scored a century had numerous chances where he wud have been runout... fortune favours the brave!!!!

  • on January 27, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I like what MasterClass is saying, there are many youngsters who are knockign the door and you guys are sick of saying Gambhir, Sehwag, Yurvraj, Irfan etc.

    I also would like Ishant, Aaron, Rohit and Shikar (flat track bullies) to go back to domestic competition and peform for 1 or 2 seasons. There is plethora of talent recently Vijay Zol, Kedhar Jadhav, Jiwanjot , Rayudu and bowlers like Sandeep Sharma...I am not a selector but I have been following all domestic competitions there is huge talent being unused.

  • Temuzin on January 27, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    I totqally agree with posters for Jadeja given a chance to play at no.4 or 5. That position will make Jadeja to play to his talent. Number 8 is not doing any justice to hima s at that position you always come at tense situation and have no time to build your innings forcing you to play slogger. Jadeja is way better than number 8.

  • on January 27, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    My Team for rest of the series is 1) Dhavan 2) Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Raina5) Rohith sharma6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvi 10) Shami 11) Aron.

  • santik on January 27, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    To begin with Jadeja was a batsman who could bowl and he turns out to be a bowler who could bat. To be fair he was not contributing with the bat baring last match. If he could not contribute with the bat, it will cost the balance of the team especially in NZ/abroad where our batsmen struggled. We cannot afford to play with 5 bowlers though goni will not accept it. Now with little bit of luck, Jadeja produced gem of an innings. Now he is guaranteed his place for few more matches. Its up to him to establish himself.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 27, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    I agree with Nampally's last post entirely. Even regular batsmen, if they are playing in the lower order and are going for runs in a difficult chase they will play a few non cricketing shots and in the process give some catches not expected of them. Both Ashwin and Jadeja fall in that category. I have always believed that both of them could play really well if they play higher in the order because they do not have to imbibe the mad aspect of limited over games.The other thing is Varun Aaron has pace and so it is not easy to drive his good length balls like cannon fodder. If he has a bit of movement he can be handy. Yorkers from him similarly should make it difficult for the NZ batsmen. I also feel that Dhoni is a dud captain and needs to go at the earliest.He has no strategy really. just a Cool look is not what is needed.I wish he would take a leaf from the way Dravid used to lead both India and RR. Proactive and with good imagination.He used to move along.Dhoni is like a sitting duck

  • Testcricketistop on January 27, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    I thought Jadeja was very lucky not to be given out when he clearly found the edge, that decision cost NZ the game.

    But the reality is professional batsmen don't walk.

  • MasterClass on January 27, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    For all those asking for Gambhir, Yuvraj, etc. to be brought back get one thing straight: they are never returning to Indian Cricket. Never. Got it? NEVER. EVER. I personally would like to add Raina and Ishant to that list.

  • AltafPatel on January 27, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Jadeja was lucky in the match. An edge to keeper was denied by Umpire which was clear. 2 mis-runouts and one drop catch by Taylor. Can he repeat his performance in future without chances ?!

  • on January 27, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    I think this is the right time for replacing Raina with Rayudu, and have a optional 3rd Opener in the reserve bench (hopefully Sehwag/Gambhir)

    1. Rohit 2 . Dhawan 3. Kohli 4. Pujara/Rayudu 5. Rahane 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8.Aswhin 9. B Kumar 10. M Shami 11. Umesh/I Pathan

    If we have Irfan Pathan, we can have 1 more all-rounder in the team, and now he is also performing well in.

  • on January 27, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    @11_Warriar Completely agree with your eleven. Prefect it is.

  • Naresh28 on January 27, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    The difference in this ODI and the others is the ATTACKING mode the batsman went into. If you going to give chances make them hard. Dont give catching practice.

  • 11_Warrior on January 27, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    My Team for rest of the series is 1) Dhavan 2) Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Jadeja 5) Rayudu 6) Dhoni 7) Binny 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvi 10) Shami 11) Aron. Please note that Jadeja plays at no 4 for his domestic team Saurashtra, & Rahane has played as an specialist opener in most of his First Class & list A matches.

  • GeorgC on January 27, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    its high time to get rid of Raina and maybe Rohit too. why not promote Ashwin to open the innings, looks a decent bat. Pujara at No.2 and Rayadu in place of Raina is what the team requires.

  • on January 27, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    if india really gives chances to all rounders anda specialistpace bowlermy team is dhawan rohit kohli dhoni jadeja sbinny ashwin ipathan ypathan rdhawan sahmed both in onedayers and 20/20 select this team and we'll win 80%of our matches the openers can get us a attacking disclipined starts kohli dhoni and jadeja can consolidate and then in the final overs a planned kill .in the bowling shami and irfan open the bowling and rishi and others followon fast swinging and seaming wickets ypathan 2 be replaced by bkumar the other players to complete the 16 should be amishra dineshkartik sraina arahane this is a complete side and see to it that all of these are fit and rearing to go

  • naren1983 on January 27, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Jadeja, the man, Dhoni's next trump card. He has justified his bowling in Overseas better than Ashwin. This innings definetely raised the eye for Dhoni to go for some changes in the team. Definitely it should be Rayudu in place of Raina. Still I believe there wont be any change in the opening pair. In bowling, Varun will get one more chance before changes in the final game. Ashwin showed some decent come back too in the batting after careful bowling. But would still recommend to bring Pujara at No. 4 after this series. He & Kohli going to be consistent for India in coming years, especially considering WC 2015. Alongside keep ready of Yuvraj, Raina, Rahane & Rayudu for No. 5 position and keep Gambhir as third opener.

  • 11_Warrior on January 27, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Next ODI tournament India would be playing is Asia Cup. My Team for that tournament is (as per natting order). 1) Rahane 2) Gambhir 3) Pujara 4) Kohli 5) Jadeja 6) Dhoni 7) Binni 8) Rishi Dhavan 9) Ashwin 10) B. Kumar 11) Shami 12) Rayudu 13) Rasool 14) Aron 15) Pandey / Pankaj Singh.

  • on January 27, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Truly one of the best innings played by Ravinder Jadeja and R. Ashwin in One day internationals. The batting order should be like, Dhawan, Ashwain, Kohli, MS Dhoni, Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ambati Raydu, Bhuwanesh Kumar, Mohd. Shami and Varoon Aron.

  • kahvas on January 27, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Loved the match and loved the way the game was played. NZ will be a huge contender to win the world cup, they have terrific talent. Such a great match, there was not a single time when any player from both sides chose wrong words or showed unnecessary aggression. Kudos NZ, love from Indian fan

    SL fans, please watch your own games. We dont want to comment on your boring side, also we have a life. You guys need to get one.

  • kahvas on January 27, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    @SLSlinga.. what name did you say, anyways all sound the same lol. I thought you guys expired after your batsman bored you to death playing at 1.74. Anyways, since you guys dont have a life, do comment on our team, we own a lot of square footage in your head

  • AjberPukkaattupady on January 27, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    I still believe Sevag has an important role in this Indian middle order

  • on January 27, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    The others like raina dhawan sharma and rahane are failing so the improvement in jadeja's batting is a good sign .

  • on January 27, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Only in 20-20 matches aswin nd ojha r more economical.. Since IPL is more popular cricket people often think Aswin and Ojha are better bowler in all format. I understand SLsinga and Sanjaj say such things oneday cricket and test crricket is not like 20-20.. Ojha is a beter 20-20 bowler nd a better test bowler in turning wickets

  • on January 27, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    Get rid of Raina. He is worthless player. He cannot play short balls. ends up loosing wicket. He might be good filder. but games are not won only with fielding. He must do better in batting . India would have won the game if we had not given so many extra runs. All bowlers need to do better job at bowling and staying with basics of bowling rather than trying too hard.

  • on January 27, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    y they cant take yuvaraj.............. he s played better than rahane

  • on January 27, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    Jedejas Records Tests 6 20.90 2.11 59.2 0 2 0 ODIs 32.43 4.76 40.8 3 1 0 T20Is 15 44.25 7.12 37.2 0 0 0 First-class 25.72 2.39 64.4 8 12 2 Aswins Records Tests 28.50 2.90 58.8 2 9 2 ODIs 33.44 4.95 40.5 0 0 0 T20Is 19 40.78 7.83 31.2 0 0 0 First-class 28.29 2.76 61.3 3 20 5 Ojha records Tests 30.26 2.68 67.5 5 7 1 ODIs 31.04 4.46 41.7 1 0 0 T20Is 6.28 12.6 1 0 0 First-class 27.15 2.81 57.8 13 21 2

    Please go through these records befor commenting

  • TrueFactors on January 26, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    If India want to win WC15 tournament, then team need what they had in 1983. More batting and bowling options. Technically better, adapting, utility players.\ On AUS/NZ pitches, we need more pace allrounders who bowl with accuracy at military pace.\ Balanced team need: 2 openers, 2 bat, 2 bat with P/T bowl, Four allrounders (Pace vs. spin: 3+1 or 2+2), and one wickettaking Faster for start and at Death.\ Based on above, I see this team....\ Openers: Dhawan, Pujara, JJ singh, U.Chand, Gambhir etc.\ 2 Bat: Kohli, MSD\ 2 Bat with P/T bowl (or, WC to let Dhoni bowl): Raina, Yuvraj, Rohit, Rayudu, Karthik, L Rahul, C Gautam, etc.\ Spin allrounders: B. Aparajit, Ashwin, Jadeja, P. Rasool, etc.\ Pace Allrounders: S Binny, A Nayar, I Pathan, R Dhawan, B Kumar, S Yadav etc\ One wicket-taking Faster : Shami, Sandeep Sharma, Aaron, Unadkat, Yadav, Vinay etc.\ I dont think it need 150+ bowler. Team need bat till No.10, and most can bowl, at accurate line/length. It will form a best team for competi

  • ArvinLuvsCricket on January 26, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    The only thing which should stop Ashwin to take a higher spot is his running between the wickets. He will not run for double until it is a 3 for others.. If he somehow manages to run smart and take those quick singles..then he definitely make the case for a good middle order batsman. Jaddu is not a slogger, he needs time to settle , so he also should step up before Dhoni. To Raina.. I will say thank you and good bye from Indian team.

  • on January 26, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Ashwin should be tried in place of Rohit Sharma who has been a total failure overseas and Ojha should be tried as a specialist spinner.Pujara should play in place of Raina who is a confirmed suspect against the short ball.Our tailenders should be given enough batting practice to slog it out in the death overs.

  • TrueFactors on January 26, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    If India want to win WC15 tournament, then team need what they had in 1983. Batting options, Bowling options and technically sound or adaptable, switchable players. For AUS/NZ, we need all-rounders (bat + bowl at decent or military pace at line, length). 2 openers, 2 standard Bat, 2 bat (P/T bowler), Four all-rounders ( 1+3 or 2+2 - spin/fast) and 1 opening and Death Fast bowler. Based on this - I see this team.... Openers: Dhawan, Pujara, JivanJyot singh, U.Chand, Gambhir etc. 2 standard Bat: Kohli, MSD 2 Bat + P/T bowler -or- WC to let Dhoni bowl: Raina, Yuvraj, Rohit, Rayudu, Karthik, L Rahul, C Gautam, etc. Spin all-rounders: B. Aparajit, Ashwin, Jadeja, P. Rasool, etc. Fast blowing All-rounders: S Binny, B Kumar, I Pathan, R Dhawan, S Yadav, A Nayar etc. One Opening + Death Fast bowler: Shami, Sandeep Sharma, Unadkat, Aaron, Yadav, Vinay etc. I dont think team need 150+ bowler. Team need bat till No.10, and most can bowl. This will be best team for competition.

  • JJAbraham on January 26, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Why doesn't anyone criticize the batsmen for their poor performance overseas? Why criticize only Ashwin? Dhawan, Rohit also haven't done well outside india.

  • silentassassin_88 on January 26, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    @SLslinga: btw who is akila dhananjeya ? You would have made sense if comparison was made with jayasuriya. @Nampally: I agree with you. Dhoni needs to be more decisive and needs more aggression. Pujara should be given more chances in ODI (Just one ODI series in zimbabwe is not enough). When Raina was given 30 Odd ODIs(and still counting), Batsman of Pujara's class and technique should be given atleast one full series. Given his form and ability, He deserves a place in the ODI team too.

  • Nampally on January 26, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Amongst many lessons Dhoni needs to learn, one of them is not to treat Jadeja & Ashwin as #7 & #8 batsmen. When you treat them as low order guys, they will play like that. Alternately do promote these guys to say #4 & see how they respond. It will build their confidence especially if they score at that spot. I always felt that Ashwin is a better opener than Rohit. His technique is correct & he can hook & pull powerfully. Try him up there especially when India is still searching for openers, with sound technique on fast pitches. India has lot of latent talent but needs to be exposed thru' great leadership. I personally think Kohli will be a better ODI leader than Dhoni because "he sees things like they are" - no personal issues! My advise to Aaron is please bowl good length on or outside the off stump & avoid short pitch "Rubbish"- like Ishant! Occasional bouncer at a good spot is fine after you have settled to a rythum.This Tie should be like shot in the arm to WIN the next 2 ODI's.

  • on January 26, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    I really dont know wether jadeja is in the team as a bowler or as a batsman.i an sure that he is in the team as he enjoys the confidence of his captain. to me he neither a bowler of ojahs class or a batsman of youvrajs class.but he plays as leftarm bowler and a lefthanded batsman,thanks to csk.dhoni and aswin.harbajan was a far superior bowler and feilder,but his initials are not csk.common dhoni please say that these two ,csk jadeja and csk aswin scored more than virat and you are better than you both as batsmen and hence can replace any body in the team.aap

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 26, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Ind fans r really funny.dont tell me you guys r rating such poor player like jadeja with the best alrounders!pity.i think our akila dhananjawa r 10 time better than jadeja atleast.

  • on January 26, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    jayega better players all former and good batting under pressure so my opinion 3position in one day or twenty formats jayega is better both side

  • on January 26, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    As per the records in both domestic and International cricket Jadeja is the most economical spin bowler in One day & Test matches.. Only in 20-20 matches aswin nd ojha r more economical.. since IPL is more popular cricket people often think Aswin and Ojha are better bowler in all format..Oneday cricket & Test cricket is totaly different than 20-20 cricket. I just want to say all that go through the profiles of everyone before commenting.....

  • on January 26, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    I can see hatred as the only reason for some ppl bashing ashwin..he batted better than rahane in recent games and though his bowling was avg, he was not among the worst bowlers..when seamers struggled in dead overs he bowled good in recent games..

  • on January 26, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Ashwin should be out and a proper spinner should be given a chance to play. We need a effective spinner who can stop runs as well as take wickets. Never enjoyed Watching Ashwin's bowling. I hope that fair and impartial selection should be done for next games.

  • on January 26, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Jaddu and Ashwin did a terrific job. But the bowling of Ashwin is a big concern for India. I think MSD should try Binny who is a faster All-Rounder. Give him a chance to prove himself. He is a much good Hitter and a good bowler as we have seen him in IPL. He is someone like C. Anderson. I hope India wins last two ODIs for get back to No. 1 in ODI Ranking ;)

  • sergio11 on January 26, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Dear Gurdit Singh..jadeja's balling figures in last 9 odi...2/47,1/46,1/61,0/32,1/49,0/58,1/49,1/44,3/37.....all full 10 overs..among that 6 came in test abroad,where no assists from the pitch.....thatz a economy of just 4.7 (9 wickets)....(i think we bolwed only 8 overs in Hamilton)...so where is the 6 or 7 rpo you were talking about?? again..in that span of 9 odis..he got 145 runs in 7 inng..at an avg of 29...i know you are a bajji fan..me too..but got to admit the achievemnt of the guy,bcz over the years ind never had a alrounder not ever close to this...

  • Nampally on January 26, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Jadeja & Ashwin play one big knock albeit aided by missed chances, they become instant Heroes. India needs reliable batsmen at the top.It is sheer stupidity & hypocracy that Pujara is kept out of the ODI's when he is keen to play. It is clear that India has only 2 "Reliable" batsmen in Kohli & Pujara. This was demonstrated most convincingly in SA Test series. Either India has to admit this & play Pujara in ODI's or continue losing to Teams like NZ. This is a very short sighted policy encouraged & headed by Dhoni's crazy & irrational XI selection. I get tired of seeing the 2 excuses: Pujara has never played for India in ODI's before. 2. His knee is "Iffy"- preserve it for Tests!. For goodness sake when he is fit to play a 5 day test match & is tearing the grounds with umpteen triple centuries in Ranji, why should his knee fail in an ODI? Become winners with Pujara in ODI XI for WC 2015 or Losers without him. India needs Pujara in batting. This is critical with weak Indian bowling.

  • on January 26, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Somehow guys pulled at last ball. From here, india should get back into business.

  • on January 26, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    no place for aswin in abroad.we need an pacer all rounder. In India thousands of young opener waiting to show their talent...gambhir is still alive...why ash win should open...he is a bowler of rough tracks...not a quality bowler.his quality is to be in srinivasans team.

  • sergio11 on January 26, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    seem lot of comments about Ashwin opening the batting...one has to be techniqually sound to open the batting in all conditions..Ashwin may be the number 1 test alrounder but he dont have all the shorts....with 2 new balls when the pitch is there to swing,i am afraid he will struggle..its like SA after seeing lance klusener success down the order was tempt to promot him..but it wont work that way..may be in subcontinet conditions he wil be ok..if you think as a long term choice its not a good one..well what has Rohit done that bad??i cannt really understand...and also he is not balling well...so now if he is promoted,extra pressure will be on him to do well with the bat as well as with the ball..whats the need of it.?? let him first find ways to get wickets abroad...and once he is good with the ball,thinking about promoting will be a better choice i guess..

  • JustIPL on January 26, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Jadeja will be a totally different player from now on I expect despite being sent after Ashwin who has been a more reliable tailender then jadeja. It was Ashwin who was seen giving him a tip or two when jadeja arrived at the crease and no one expected that he will survive so long and so elegantly. I will watch for jadeja in the next two matches and am sure he will turn the tide on NZ.

  • on January 26, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    jadeja's economy is around 6 or 7 most of the time and he gets wicket only when batsman try to slog him.his batting is also not reliable.

  • JustIPL on January 26, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Next two matches india going to win as their chasing formula almost got them home. I always say india has dual batting lineup with dhoni/raina opening for the lower middle order and tail. If NZ have to win then they have to get better of dhoni who has been so instrumental in indias wins including the WC2011. India need to manage Anderson who takes care with the bat and/or ball and if india lose the series from here on then it will be Corey Anderson. NZ should make india bat first if they win the toss so that they can use pace to full effect. Jadeja is a growing threat for india's oppositions in the coming times after this all round performance. Well done jadoo.

  • PrasannaVenkateshan on January 26, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Ash and Jaddu changed the game for India.While Ash stabilised the innings,Jaddu did the finisher's role,But could have got 2 of the last ball

  • cricketanand12 on January 26, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    I think we can have some extra bowlers in our line up now.Ashwin can open the batting because he can tackle swing and bounce and he doesn't have a short ball problem.Jadeja may come at 5 above mad which can give him some time to settle. my odi line-up:Ravi Ashwin,Shikhar Dhawan,Virat Kohli,Suresh Raina,Ravindra Jadeja,MsD,Saurabh Tiwary,Bowling Allrounder,Umesh Yadav,Shami Ahmed,Bhuvaneshwar. I prefer tiwary becausehe can finiwh off the matches.Suryakant pradhan may be that fast bowling allrounder.

  • on January 26, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    he is a good handy player in limited overs. both with ball and bat.

  • on January 26, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Jadeja certainly has the tools but like dhoni said, he needs to get his head right while batting. The fact that he has to cover up for the rest of our bad bowling doesnt help either.

  • jaggi.jagan on January 26, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    While Ashwin may be putting his time in the nets to practice slogging, he isn't a natural big hitter of the ball. What he has proven time and again is his stroke play and timing that one can come to expect from a top order batsman. I think a batting order promotion to Ashwin can serve the team quite well. His bowling is clearly on the decline, he probably can become a modern day Ravi Shastri in the long run. On the other hand Jadeja too could benefit from batting higher up in the order. If he gets to play longer innings, it will obviously help him grow his confidence as a top order batsman. If only he matures as a batsman, he could be a good candidate to bat at # 6 for the TEST matches.

  • sergio11 on January 26, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    ..@Gurdit Singh..bajji is a better baller than jaddu,no doubt about that..but jaddu is the better batsman....you the check both the list-a records and internatinal records..jaddu avg 31 batting down the order at 7 and 8..that an big big achievemnt...mate understand a lower order batsman will get less time to setttle,many me 2 or 3 overs at max..we can expect him to be consistent like a kholi batting at 7 or 8...plus jaddu at 7 is more of a balling alrounder...and he justified his role..last year with 52 wickets he was the 2nd leading wicket taker..bajji never taken 52 or wickets in a calender year nor achieve rank 1 in icc bowlers rating...not comparing with bajji's bolwing..no need to compare it bajji who is better..bt jaddu having done al dose with bolw, score 500 odd runs too last year at avg of 37..plus his feilding..jaddu in 95 odi had 12 or 13 man of the matches..how many of ur top ten alrounder xcpet watson hav that sorts records?thatz roughly man of the match in every 7 games..

  • neo012 on January 26, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    @ Gurdit Singh: Last 12 months stat Afridi: M24 R441 H88 Bat Av23.21 W27 Bow Av 31.92 Jadeja: M31 R411 H66*Bat Av34.25 W44 Bow Av 29.52

    How did you come to the conclusion that Afridi is better than Jadeja presently? Just asking. If you are taking about emotions and all that, I would understand.

  • on January 26, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    jadeja is nowhere near the best allrounders.he performs with the bat 1 out of 20 times. the top 10 are:- 1.shane watson 2.afridi 3.pollard 4.broad 5.hafeez 6.sammy 7.harbhajan 8.corey anderson 9.faulkner 10.jadeja

  • WC96QF on January 26, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    One has to appreciate Jadejas contributions.

  • Jadejafan on January 26, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Yeap. Jadeja is clearly the best all-rounder in the world today.

  • sergio11 on January 26, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    @ kingkarthik....no one said aswin played poorly mate...he played really well...but to stay til the end,with the tail and to get 17 runs of the last over...to be very honest better effort than ashwin..takng nothing away from ashwin though....yes my friend in order to win tough challenges,,evenone need a little bit of luck no matter who the person is...thatz wat we cal the part played by god..in our place we say..50-50..50 our effort,50 gods grace and luck...nothing wrong with that,.down the leg side is always wide...instead of appreciating his quick reflexs,how can u tlk like that..god!!!..nw jaddu's inng is way better than faulker in the sense..ind 2-0 down in the series..if the lose, series is gone...pressure of that..nw faulkers big hits came more on the leg side if u can notice...jaddu played all around the dail..faulkner played a low on confident ENG side,dey were gavng up fast,NZ on the backwards 2-0 high on confidnc..u decide..

  • neo012 on January 26, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    @ Zia Hassan: Please don't be jealous of any other country's success. It was a great game of cricket. And when Australia was on the receiving end of DRS in UK, almost everyone against BCCI was trying to hide their face. DRS is still a very rudimentary application of science and is absolutely not full proof. And if I am not wrong India has recently defeated Australia in Australia, won WC in India, Champions Trophy in England....all very different conditions. Their ODI is class apart and deserves all that they have achieved. Lets no be jealous of their success. Lets enjoy their amazing ability to fight back with bat.

  • 30-30-150 on January 26, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Amidst all the Jadeja talk, people seem to have forgotten Ashwin's contribution in the same match. If there is anyone who should bat at the top of the order, it is Ashwin. He has got a more compact technique and is suited to an innings-building role. Jadeja can come as a finisher down the order.

  • 30-30-150 on January 26, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    @Mitty2 - It's the situation of the match that makes his knock so important. Chasing 315, if the team is 184/6 in 36 overs, and from that position if you nearly pull off a win batting with tailenders, the effort does deserve some credit. He has done it against top ranked teams too. I remember an unbeaten 60 odd against England last year (when England were No.1 ODI team) and also the crucial innings in the Champions Trophy final. I agree with you that he is yet to prove his worth with the bat in Test cricket.

  • yogicoolboy on January 26, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Jadega needs to consistently do well. Hope rahane opens in the next match as he is not comfortable with nos 4 positions. Wont be a bad idea to open with rahane and push rohit at nos 4.

  • on January 26, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    harbhajan is a better player than jadeja because bhajji has the ability to clear any ground in the world easily and he also has more variations than jadeja like the topspinner,atleast he should be played in place of ashwin.

  • MasterClass on January 26, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Like him or not, and in Jaddu's case you would be hard-pressed to find someone in the middle, if there's the one thing Sir Jaddu had show it's his ability to re-invent himself. And I'm not talking cosmetic changes: Every time he failed he has come back first as a fitter/stronger player, then as a better bowler, and it appears now as a better batter, although that still remains to be seen. If he has turned a corner (and it is self-belief that is really needed at this level because almost everyone has talent) then it is great news for India and another loyal Dhoni recruit in this young team that is now entirely Dhoni's from 1-11. I disagree that he not a thinking player though. His ability to analyze what needs to change to improve and return a better player is demonstration enough because many, many fail to do that.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 26, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    It surprises me to read comments from some people suggesting that Jadeja was out and so should have walked. The question is, 'how many times have batsmen walked when they have been out these days'. It seems to me that only when the Indian team gets the benefit of doubt even if it happens all the time, there are people who resent it for obvious reasons. And then all this talk of DRS somes up. That the BCCI is reluctant to go for DRS only to protect Indian batsmen. The efficacy of the DRS has been on display for a while now and the core of the debate is no different to why the BCCI has not accepted the DRS.Teams have been affected we know but the BCCI and Indian cricket s scoffed at only because they are seen as bullies.In regard to Sam Roy's observation, I would like to say that any intelligent batsman can get to know how to play the moving ball and the short stuff if he has the courage to stand up to a pace bowler.I am sure Jadeja could get there with some good coaching.

  • on January 26, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    give any international player who has little bit ability to bat second life in a match as jdeja was clearly out he would be able to score the runs that jadu got so this article is just a waste of time to read and write in the spirit of the game jadeja knowing that he knicked the ball shouldve walked shame on you bcci team india and jadeja cricket lost yesterday

  • IndianSRTfan on January 26, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @Posted by Mitty2 on (January 26, 2014, 8:15 GMT): Did you by any chance read the article? Nowhere has it said that Jadeja has 'justified his batting talent'. The article merely contemplates if he has turned a corner and will he make more significant contributions. And since his three triple centuries were in first-class cricket, his batting in test matches was discussed.

    And "overwhelming arrogance"? I don't think he has done anything to justify that tag. Giving a send-off to a player well renowned for being foul-mouthed in press-conferences and getting in fist fights in bars, shouldn't ruffle so many kangaroo feathers. Or is it that, when Aussie 'lads' are abusing on the field, it's 'just a bit of banter' and when Indians pay them back in same coin, it's 'overwhelming arrogance'?

  • on January 26, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    I think it's early days mate. I've seen him fail more than succeed. Like everything else in Indian cricket, all it would it take is one succinct failure to forget this knock. Let's see him do this a few more times, consistently, before we hail him as the next big thing.

  • SamRoy on January 26, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Abhishek good article but I think a point is missed here. Jadeja can not play good fast bowlers in tests. It has happened against Anderson, Siddle and now Steyn. Jadeja has problems with seam and swing as well as the short ball. Jadeja can improve his thinking but his problems will remain in tests.

  • on January 26, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    I think Jadeja does a pretty decent player with both bat and ball. The first thing to note is to see where he is batting. #7. I have never seen anyone in that position have decent records. U either walk in at 250+ for 5 in the 45th and have to slog with fielders out or u walk in at 120-5 in the 20th over with no batsmen and sooner or later u have to slog to get as many runs before being bowled out. Either way it is an uncomfortable position. Jadeja as a batsmen is a top order player and plays best when he has a few overs to get in. I remember in England 2011 the top order frequently collapsed, and he scored a few 50s. In early 2013 he was belting england at home and finishing. In the mean time his bowling is rather effective. Its easy to critise but i dont think u can do much better than what jadeja is doing at that position. Both Ashwin and Jadeja are good genuine all rounders. Jaddu is a magic player who is always in the game whether batting, bowling or fielding. Go Sirji

  • Hoady on January 26, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    I thought this was an outstanding innings. I watched Faulkner's amazing come-from-behind innings to sink England in Brisbane last week, and I rate this as better. His composure and quick thinking to milk those wides in the last over were unbelievable.

  • kingkarthik on January 26, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Hello people can we seriously take a step back. So what? Yes the match was close and India walked away with a draw when they really should have lost. Kudos to Jadeja for scoring 17 runs in the last over. Now reality check. It was only close because of the calm and matured batting demonstrated by Ravi Ashwin. Jadeja was really lucky. A clean nick which the umpires did not give out or did he walk. A dropped catch. Mishits falling in no man's land. Umpires calling wides for balls which weren't really wides. Jadeja played a innings which demonstrated that it was more his day and luck as opposed to him "Turning any corner" James Faulkner played a more substantial innings in the 3rd odi as opposed to what Jadeja did. So can we stop writing articles on so call life changing events purely based on one single event. A single robin does not make it spring.

  • KeepitHonest on January 26, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Sorry, Jaddu's batting is not international quality and his future scores will suffer inconsistently because of it. In a nutshell, his bat angles into his body instead of keeping a straight face (like Dhawan but more pronounced) and he hits too many cross-batted slog or swat shots. He is more suited to #7 slot while an allrounder should comfortably own the #5 slot (like Kallis, Anderson, etc.)

  • Mitty2 on January 26, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    This article spanks of hubris and hype. Why can't anyone just stop comparing red ball and white ball cricket? He scores a 60 against one of the lowest ranking teams and suddenly that means his triple centuries and batting talent is justified and fully realised. Please, maybe if he scored a match winning 60 in a test than you can mention his 3 300's.

    Regardless, I'll ignore my natural dislike for him and his overwhelming arrogance, his bowling is a HUGE asset for India - both extremely economical whilst retaining his strike ability - and he obviously does the right stuff for his captain. He will turn out to be a big name and big player, but I just think that any cricket article that talks about potential turning points are futile and pointless, especially when comparing formats.

  • arungcc on January 26, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Instead of developing him as a bowler and batsman in indian team, It will be more better to give chance to other players who can bat and ball well. He is in the indian team more than 5 years still not developed as allrounder. This situation is not only with him there are some more undeserving players are playing for india instead of their worst performance, its only because of bad politics of dhoni and some selectors.

  • Baundele on January 26, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    The match could be so close only because of Ashwin's brutal hitting. He got out at the boundary because of an extra-ordinary catch by Guptil. Jadeja did well in the last over, though. So, if Jadeja is promoted to bat at #4, Ashwin should open the innings.;)

  • Sir_Ivor on January 26, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Jadeja hails from the part of the country from where Ranji Duleep,Mankad and Durrani hailed. So I have always believed that like Pujara who also came from the same land Jadeja is special. He is just 24 years of age and has been part of the U 19 World Cup winning squad. Even at that stage I thought he could be one of the very good allrounders. Sadly I think his confidence got eroded because of the way he was ridiculed by the media for his perceived inadequacies as a cricketer.When he played well in the IPL and later in England in the ODIs in 2011, I was only waiting for more.Sure enough,he proved to be a match-winning bowler against the Australians in 2013.In between he scored those triple centuries in domestic cricket. I knew that he was slowly reaching the expectations I had of him. He is a Rajput from Kathiawar and I am sure he has the charecter to take up a challenge. He bowls a bit round arm like Mankad used to. I am sure yesterday's innings is the first of many match winning ones

  • palla.avinash on January 26, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Jedeja is undoubtedly India best all rounder right now.As he is not in and out hitter of the balls and good accumulator he need to be play at no 4 in odis and need to play at 5 in tests and make sure other spiner plays at no 8 who can be ashwin,mishra,haribijan and rasool who all can bat so it will give option of bowlers to get 20 wickets in tests. I am confident if he plays above the order consistently he will definitely very good batsmen and good bowler as he is now Even dhoni told once what jedeja is capable of those words are very from dhoni.

  • Prats6 on January 26, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Jadeja still has a long way to develop into a proper batsman. He has the talent but the the lack of opportunities at the top of the order is something that has held him back. You can never expect anything substantial from a batsman at No.7. No has done it, as it is incredibly difficult. Yes, you might have a bright spark here or there, but consistent - No. He needs to bat up the order and get big scores. We tried Raina at 4, now its Rahane - I guess, with Jadeja being a certainty in the XI, it makes sense to give him a go as well. Lets see how he responds. One thing I believe is that this guy has the talent, now its up to the team management on how to develop him.

  • on January 26, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    He played really well no doubt, the match was an outstanding ODI but still shouldn't he have walked by nicking it. I remember kohli saying to an australian player y dont u walk when u know u have nicked it in recent india vs Aus series. Winning or spirit of game, wonder what is important.

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  • on January 26, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    He played really well no doubt, the match was an outstanding ODI but still shouldn't he have walked by nicking it. I remember kohli saying to an australian player y dont u walk when u know u have nicked it in recent india vs Aus series. Winning or spirit of game, wonder what is important.

  • Prats6 on January 26, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Jadeja still has a long way to develop into a proper batsman. He has the talent but the the lack of opportunities at the top of the order is something that has held him back. You can never expect anything substantial from a batsman at No.7. No has done it, as it is incredibly difficult. Yes, you might have a bright spark here or there, but consistent - No. He needs to bat up the order and get big scores. We tried Raina at 4, now its Rahane - I guess, with Jadeja being a certainty in the XI, it makes sense to give him a go as well. Lets see how he responds. One thing I believe is that this guy has the talent, now its up to the team management on how to develop him.

  • palla.avinash on January 26, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Jedeja is undoubtedly India best all rounder right now.As he is not in and out hitter of the balls and good accumulator he need to be play at no 4 in odis and need to play at 5 in tests and make sure other spiner plays at no 8 who can be ashwin,mishra,haribijan and rasool who all can bat so it will give option of bowlers to get 20 wickets in tests. I am confident if he plays above the order consistently he will definitely very good batsmen and good bowler as he is now Even dhoni told once what jedeja is capable of those words are very from dhoni.

  • Sir_Ivor on January 26, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Jadeja hails from the part of the country from where Ranji Duleep,Mankad and Durrani hailed. So I have always believed that like Pujara who also came from the same land Jadeja is special. He is just 24 years of age and has been part of the U 19 World Cup winning squad. Even at that stage I thought he could be one of the very good allrounders. Sadly I think his confidence got eroded because of the way he was ridiculed by the media for his perceived inadequacies as a cricketer.When he played well in the IPL and later in England in the ODIs in 2011, I was only waiting for more.Sure enough,he proved to be a match-winning bowler against the Australians in 2013.In between he scored those triple centuries in domestic cricket. I knew that he was slowly reaching the expectations I had of him. He is a Rajput from Kathiawar and I am sure he has the charecter to take up a challenge. He bowls a bit round arm like Mankad used to. I am sure yesterday's innings is the first of many match winning ones

  • Baundele on January 26, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    The match could be so close only because of Ashwin's brutal hitting. He got out at the boundary because of an extra-ordinary catch by Guptil. Jadeja did well in the last over, though. So, if Jadeja is promoted to bat at #4, Ashwin should open the innings.;)

  • arungcc on January 26, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Instead of developing him as a bowler and batsman in indian team, It will be more better to give chance to other players who can bat and ball well. He is in the indian team more than 5 years still not developed as allrounder. This situation is not only with him there are some more undeserving players are playing for india instead of their worst performance, its only because of bad politics of dhoni and some selectors.

  • Mitty2 on January 26, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    This article spanks of hubris and hype. Why can't anyone just stop comparing red ball and white ball cricket? He scores a 60 against one of the lowest ranking teams and suddenly that means his triple centuries and batting talent is justified and fully realised. Please, maybe if he scored a match winning 60 in a test than you can mention his 3 300's.

    Regardless, I'll ignore my natural dislike for him and his overwhelming arrogance, his bowling is a HUGE asset for India - both extremely economical whilst retaining his strike ability - and he obviously does the right stuff for his captain. He will turn out to be a big name and big player, but I just think that any cricket article that talks about potential turning points are futile and pointless, especially when comparing formats.

  • KeepitHonest on January 26, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Sorry, Jaddu's batting is not international quality and his future scores will suffer inconsistently because of it. In a nutshell, his bat angles into his body instead of keeping a straight face (like Dhawan but more pronounced) and he hits too many cross-batted slog or swat shots. He is more suited to #7 slot while an allrounder should comfortably own the #5 slot (like Kallis, Anderson, etc.)

  • kingkarthik on January 26, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Hello people can we seriously take a step back. So what? Yes the match was close and India walked away with a draw when they really should have lost. Kudos to Jadeja for scoring 17 runs in the last over. Now reality check. It was only close because of the calm and matured batting demonstrated by Ravi Ashwin. Jadeja was really lucky. A clean nick which the umpires did not give out or did he walk. A dropped catch. Mishits falling in no man's land. Umpires calling wides for balls which weren't really wides. Jadeja played a innings which demonstrated that it was more his day and luck as opposed to him "Turning any corner" James Faulkner played a more substantial innings in the 3rd odi as opposed to what Jadeja did. So can we stop writing articles on so call life changing events purely based on one single event. A single robin does not make it spring.

  • Hoady on January 26, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    I thought this was an outstanding innings. I watched Faulkner's amazing come-from-behind innings to sink England in Brisbane last week, and I rate this as better. His composure and quick thinking to milk those wides in the last over were unbelievable.