South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day December 28, 2013

Jadeja flashes his overseas spin credentials

Overseas success has been rare for Indian spinners of late, but Ravindra Jadeja enjoyed a good helping in Durban on day three courtesy his steadfast accuracy and occasional turn
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'Look at Jadeja as a pure spinner' - Manjrekar

That Ravindra Jadeja has scored three triple-centuries in the Ranji Trophy sometimes does him a disservice, at least in the eyes of those who look from the outside. People tend to look at him as an allrounder, but when they see him out of depth against quality Test bowling they ridicule him. You look at him as a pure spinner, though, and you see value. He has surprised many with how well he has come back after being dropped from the international side in 2010, but not himself, MS Dhoni, Duncan Fletcher and the selectors who have backed him.

Jadeja has come back a stronger man, and even though he doesn't have too many niceties of flight and dip, he puts a lot of body into his deliveries. He is accurate, and can keep bowling long spells. Not every ball of his turns, which adds to the batsmen's troubles. He is now the first India spinner to have taken four wickets in an innings outside India since July 2011. If he takes one of the five remaining South African wickets, this will be the first away five-for by an India spinner since the first week of 2011. This is not to say R Ashwin would have done worse than him - there is no telling with the assistance available in Durban - but the man picked for the job has done it for India.

After having collapsed for 334 on the second day and having conceded 82 for 0 before stumps, India badly needed to slow the scoring down. Their first target would have been to delay South Africa's charge as much as possible. Not only would that reduce the chances of a loss here - also keeping the weather in mind - it would possibly bring a fourth innings into play. The only way to delay the charge on these fast-scoring grounds is to take wickets. Jadeja took four of the five with his unwavering accuracy, his action on the ball and the occasional turn that cast doubts in batsmen's minds. It is largely thanks to his bowling - he bowled 32 overs in a shortened day - that South Africa haven't yet gone past India's total and looked for quick runs.

Jadeja also had a point to prove. "This is a huge achievement for me," he said. "People always say - I have heard a lot - that I have played all my Tests in India, and that I can turn the ball only in India. It was my dream to come here and take a five-for. Luckily, I have taken four today. Tomorrow I will try to take the fifth as soon as possible so that everyone knows I can turn the ball outside India too."

Alviro Petersen was one of the four that fell to Jadeja. He scored 62 before he did so and faced 40 balls from Jadeja, so is in a good position to narrate what works for him. "It was obviously difficult to play him because there aren't many scoring areas," Petersen said. "The lines he bowls, the lengths he bowls are obviously good. With the ball turning you [the batsman] have to take out certain shots. It was quite difficult but, at the same time, I thought in the position that we are in we have played well. We would have liked to see him take fewer wickets and make the seamers bowl more, but I thought he took the pressure off their bowlers quite nicely."

Jadeja said he had already found some footmarks when bowling to left-hand batsmen. And he is quite good hitting a spot repeatedly. Against right-hand batsmen he said all he wanted to do was to be at them. "I was just trying to bowl in the right areas," Jadeja said. "For the right-hand batsman, off stump, just outside. I was just trying to bowl in good areas because the odd ball was turning. I was just thinking not to give them room, and bowl stump to stump."

Petersen said that Jadeja's regular strikes meant South Africa couldn't push for the advantage just yet, not least because they might have to bat last against him. "I think, you know, sometimes when you try to push the game you get yourselves into trouble," Petersen said. "The first priority for us was to get ourselves a couple of partnerships, which we have done. You can always - in the latter stages of your team's innings - push on, so I don't think we have reached that stage yet. It's a case of first of all trying to get to their total and then take it from there. I think we have played nicely."

It was a slightly strange end to the day where India didn't take the new ball - doing that might have pushed them off the field earlier than they eventually did go off, given the deteriorating light. South Africa, on the other hand, who have more running to do with this being a home series, didn't go after the spinners, not planning too much for the weather, the forecasts of which are not promising. A significant part of it, though, was down to the doubts Jadeja created.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 29, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    nice bowling by jadu....

  • POSTED BY cnksnk on | December 29, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    @kingcobra. You are so right in that Rohit Sharma will never be dropped inspite of the rubbish that he plays in tests. Yes he got 2 centuries but against that kind of WIi bowling on Indian wickets you would fancy Sir Geoffery's mom hitting a century. More than the MI owner, Rohit has a fairy God mother in a certain Ravi Sastri who will keep telling you of the great talent that Rohit is and if there is a boundary he will keep going on about the style and the class. Sadly we have to live with Rohit till the fourth test in England. I have no confidence that he will score anything of significance but given that there are only 2 tests in NZ he will play in both. The next series is in England and he will be given atleast 2 tests to fail before he is replace. So let us all chill and watch him for another 10 innings with the confidence that once we are 3 down we are into the tail..

  • POSTED BY Hanumall on | December 29, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Wisdom of hindsight: India was a bowler short in Jo'burg and paid the price in terms of snatching a draw from the jaws of victory. It is a bowler short here in Kingsmead again and could not stop SA from getting off the hook. With possibly the world's slowest and least effective pace bowling attack, India must play five bowlers in overseas conditions. They should have dropped a specialist batsman and played both Ashwin and Jadeja, who can both,fortunately, bat with some skill. Without a fifth bowler the possibility of an Indian win overseas can be ruled out at the time of toss itself. Unless the opposite team plays very very poorly or some 'glorious uncertainties' intervene.

  • POSTED BY yogesh.gg on | December 29, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    When Ashwin failed to take wickets in Johannesburg , please keep in mind that Tahir and Duminy took 4 wickets in that match too .. So why only Ashwin failed ? This can't be just bad luck or co-incidence.

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | December 29, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Farewell Zaheer Khan... Without you the series win in England was not possible... We will always remember you.

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | December 29, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @ Fleming Ambrose: Sorry Buddy, It is Amit Mishra who take the honors of the best spinner in India... Though he is never selected ahead of others although he has fared much better than others when all are tested on same pitches...Taking the Ranji series and IPL into account.

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | December 29, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Rohit Sharma plays for Mumbai Indians and who's owner owns most of the media outlets so nothing wrong will be written about him. He is useless in all forms of the game better replace him with Ashwin in NewZealand. Well done to Jadeja, was really pleased for him.

  • POSTED BY rgrokkam1 on | December 29, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I think Jadeja is a good addition to the team. He has the straight one and the ball which leaves the right hand batsmen. He pretty much bowls wicket-to-wicket and his fielding is always excellent. He is a decent batsmen, but need to work on his defense if he wants to be successful in overseas. On the other hand Ashwin bowls like in ODI and tries too many variations. He may have a better defense than Jadeja, but his primary role is to take wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Jadega, Ashwin and Ohja are probably the best spinners India have today. It is a good crop of spinners too. The only comfort that Jadega and Ashwin provide over Ohja is the fact that he is not good with the bat as the other two. We will have to remember the fact that the Indian openers are still in the early years and have not settled down to be the prolific pair that you can expect to put in a consistent opening partnership. Considering the fact the Dhoni loses almost all of the toss, he invariably ends up batting last in a test match(a flat first day pitch) or first (in a green seaming track). Dhoni's policy has always been to load his side with players who can contribute with the bat. It might seem a desperate move but on a wider note, it is a stratergy tha thas been planned over. Yes you might argue the fact that both Jadega and Ashwin play for the same team as Dhoni does in IPL. But we would be cynics to keep picking up on everything.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    On this wicket Umesh Yadav with his pace n reverse swing wd have been handing...looking at Zaheer...i think time is up now....Not picking Ashok Dina for this series is also a mistake

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 29, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    nice bowling by jadu....

  • POSTED BY cnksnk on | December 29, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    @kingcobra. You are so right in that Rohit Sharma will never be dropped inspite of the rubbish that he plays in tests. Yes he got 2 centuries but against that kind of WIi bowling on Indian wickets you would fancy Sir Geoffery's mom hitting a century. More than the MI owner, Rohit has a fairy God mother in a certain Ravi Sastri who will keep telling you of the great talent that Rohit is and if there is a boundary he will keep going on about the style and the class. Sadly we have to live with Rohit till the fourth test in England. I have no confidence that he will score anything of significance but given that there are only 2 tests in NZ he will play in both. The next series is in England and he will be given atleast 2 tests to fail before he is replace. So let us all chill and watch him for another 10 innings with the confidence that once we are 3 down we are into the tail..

  • POSTED BY Hanumall on | December 29, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Wisdom of hindsight: India was a bowler short in Jo'burg and paid the price in terms of snatching a draw from the jaws of victory. It is a bowler short here in Kingsmead again and could not stop SA from getting off the hook. With possibly the world's slowest and least effective pace bowling attack, India must play five bowlers in overseas conditions. They should have dropped a specialist batsman and played both Ashwin and Jadeja, who can both,fortunately, bat with some skill. Without a fifth bowler the possibility of an Indian win overseas can be ruled out at the time of toss itself. Unless the opposite team plays very very poorly or some 'glorious uncertainties' intervene.

  • POSTED BY yogesh.gg on | December 29, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    When Ashwin failed to take wickets in Johannesburg , please keep in mind that Tahir and Duminy took 4 wickets in that match too .. So why only Ashwin failed ? This can't be just bad luck or co-incidence.

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | December 29, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Farewell Zaheer Khan... Without you the series win in England was not possible... We will always remember you.

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | December 29, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @ Fleming Ambrose: Sorry Buddy, It is Amit Mishra who take the honors of the best spinner in India... Though he is never selected ahead of others although he has fared much better than others when all are tested on same pitches...Taking the Ranji series and IPL into account.

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | December 29, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Rohit Sharma plays for Mumbai Indians and who's owner owns most of the media outlets so nothing wrong will be written about him. He is useless in all forms of the game better replace him with Ashwin in NewZealand. Well done to Jadeja, was really pleased for him.

  • POSTED BY rgrokkam1 on | December 29, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I think Jadeja is a good addition to the team. He has the straight one and the ball which leaves the right hand batsmen. He pretty much bowls wicket-to-wicket and his fielding is always excellent. He is a decent batsmen, but need to work on his defense if he wants to be successful in overseas. On the other hand Ashwin bowls like in ODI and tries too many variations. He may have a better defense than Jadeja, but his primary role is to take wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Jadega, Ashwin and Ohja are probably the best spinners India have today. It is a good crop of spinners too. The only comfort that Jadega and Ashwin provide over Ohja is the fact that he is not good with the bat as the other two. We will have to remember the fact that the Indian openers are still in the early years and have not settled down to be the prolific pair that you can expect to put in a consistent opening partnership. Considering the fact the Dhoni loses almost all of the toss, he invariably ends up batting last in a test match(a flat first day pitch) or first (in a green seaming track). Dhoni's policy has always been to load his side with players who can contribute with the bat. It might seem a desperate move but on a wider note, it is a stratergy tha thas been planned over. Yes you might argue the fact that both Jadega and Ashwin play for the same team as Dhoni does in IPL. But we would be cynics to keep picking up on everything.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    On this wicket Umesh Yadav with his pace n reverse swing wd have been handing...looking at Zaheer...i think time is up now....Not picking Ashok Dina for this series is also a mistake

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | December 29, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Jadeja did a decent job here, but this is a spin-friendly pitch unlike the Johannesburg wicket.. I think, so far, Ashwin has played all his overseas matches in only non-spinner wickets, where even Graeme Swann has struggled.. Ashwin deserved a place in this match and if he had failed even here, then people would have been right to criticize him.. But without giving him chances in spinning wickets, its not right to brandish him as a failure overseas... One really wonders if Dhoni is trying to promote Jadeja ahead of Ashwin for the test teams, by playing Ashwin in less spicy pitches and giving the good ones to Jadeja.. not a fair call..

  • POSTED BY blthndr on | December 29, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft...i agree to ur point of view...i dont know what is the problem bt i think may be its due to his action he doesnt get that drift...on the other hand if u look at ajmal,swan and harbhajan they always get the drift of the pitch....anyway as a spinner aswin still young he has lot of time to improve as a bowler bt one thing i want to mention he has the big off spin i had seen him long time before ipl start in a domestic match where he turned the ball square with the drift bt i dont know where its gone now he doesnt use it.....

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | December 29, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Just yesterday someone mentioned that Jadeja is an amazing ATHLETE. Two parts of his game are really nice - fielding and bowling. He should work for better batting.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    While we can agree Jadeja is the better spinner over Ashwin, you really can't call him an overseas success after just one innings. And to Ashwin's defence, he bowled in a pacer friendly wicket and admittedly, splendid batting where the pacers couldnt get them out in a pitch which helped them. Jadeja ,however, has bowled in a pitch suited to spin. and I definitely agree with many of the comments saying that we should play 5 bowlers instead of 4. Ashwin and Jadeja in tandem would have been lethal here, and we all know that Ashwin is a topclass batsman and Jadeja is no slouch as well. Even when the pitch isnt assisting spin, Jadeja's perfect line and length and speed would do him good everywhere and Ashwin has been spinning the ball everywhere. So I suggest we drop Rohit or Shikhar and play both Ashwin and Jadeja in England too. And its not right labelling Ashwin as an overseas failure after just 4 tests. It took the legends Kumble and Bhajji time as well. and finally, well done Jaddu!

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | December 29, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    I don't know why people still defend Ashwin. Look at his deliveries. No zip. It is because there is no body and no coil in his action which gives an extra split second to the batsmen which means he can't trap them LBW on back foot. It is one thing to speak intelligent and another to act intelligent. His lack of intelligence and courage came to fore when he played for a draw in the last over against Windies in a test match. He has some batting skills but then he has to apply for a position as a batsman. Jadeja is 100 times better than Ashwin. Even Raina bowls nice off spinners than Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY yogesh.gg on | December 29, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Why does everyone has his opinion on team combination only after match has commenced ? Where are these learned people before the match ? Its funny , you know.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 29, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    well bowlers are the winners and they are the cuaser of loss as well we see here. Only Jadeja vot wickets. As usual Ishant one test on and many tests off. i dont kniw why people giving chances to him . he dont biwl fast or make the batsmen think. He damn bowl blind by bending his head while bowling not knowing where he is bowling. Real chances missed. Jak is enough better this is last test for him for god sake. Let other peiplebtryband learn.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | December 29, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    why would you not play two spinners on a brown pitch? As usual terrible team selection from dhoni in away tests. Umesh Yadav should have been in the team in place of Ishant and zak. I had said bhuvi also before I saw the pitch on tv. jadeja, umesh, shami and ashwin would have been the right team selection for this test.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    All people who are trashing Ashwin should think many times. People inferring that Ashwin or Vijay are there because of Srinivasan are not in their right minds. I think there has, is and will be a strong criticism on playrrs from south india inspite of whatever they achieve on the field. Bloody bull I say.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Jadeja has to be IND's lead spinner for the next 3 overseas tours as well.Even if the pitch does not favour turn,he can maintain a tight line around off stump and hamper the batsmen.He batted quite decently in the ODIs preceding this match,so hope he delivers in the 2nd innings.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Jadeja provides a great advantage to India in sub-continent conditions because with his bowling and also batting ability (in India at least), Dhoni can play every match in the sub-continent with three frontline spinners, Jadeja, Ashwin and Ojha. This will and I think already has made India very difficult to play in home conditions.

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | December 29, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Jadeja did bowl well and I don't think Ashwin would have as successful as Jadeja on this pitch. But to be fair to Ashwin, that's probably more because of the fact that SA mostly have right handed batsmen in their side. A team like Aus which had a lot of left handers when they played in India would be in more trouble against Ashwin. So maybe on future tours India could see how many lh/rh batsmen are in the opposite side and then pick up the appropriate bowler. I think even Ojha would probably have done well on this pitch, unfortunately he's not much of a batsman like Jadeja/Ashwin.

    On the batting front, the case has only been made stronger for Rahane to come in at no. 5 no matter whether Rohit Sharma is picked or not. Rahane has certainly demonstrated the technique/temperament to succeed overseas and could possibly be even considered for the opener's slot.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | December 28, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    MSD obviously did not assess the pitch for each game properly - at the wanderers he needed 4 quality fast bowlers and maybe one part-time spin allrounder. Here at Durban he needed 2 fast bowlers and 2 spinners and maybe a part-time pace or spin allrounder.

  • POSTED BY GreenBouncySpin on | December 28, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    @The_Freakster I would have agreed with you on any other day, but this pitch is not a green track and is definitely more helpful to spin than pace. So in that sense, Steyn really deserves the superlatives here. But again - not taking anything away from Jadeja either, he bowled superbly but on a slightly spin friendly wicket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 28, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    completely agree and disagree with the other comments. Completly agree that we should go with a 5 bowler approach, especially since Jadeja and Ashwin can both bat. Jadeja's fielding is also a bonus. Completely disagree regarding the ceiling on Jadeja's batting potential. He IS batting at 8, and thats the problem. The only cricketers who have ever forged hall-of-fame batting careers batting at 7 and below, are Gilchrist and Sobers. Not saying he'll hit triple centuries, but he's good enough to average 30+. And he's already proven his mental strength - he's been mocked and his achievements disdained ad nauseaum, but he just keeps improving and performing. He's tough. And at the Test level where everyone has at least some talent, toughness is the difference-maker.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 28, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Jadeja bowled like Panesar did against India on a pitch which was taking spin & was favouring the ball going at 90KPH. Jadeja exploited this to the maximum & got some good results. He was also helped by a brilliant running catch by Dhawan in the deep mid wicket area to dismiss Smith. The slip fielders also picked up good catches. I failed to understand his logic in bowling to Kallis with a sill mid off, slip & a Gully with no deep cover. India lost lot of runs due to poor field placement. Ishant also started the day with a gift- no deep third man - an easy 4 off the first ball. The score board would have been at least 50 runs lower if only the field placing was logical. Indian bowlers also did not attack the wickets as they did in the first test. The resulting recovery from 113 for 3 to 298 for 5 is mainly due to above deficiencies.

  • POSTED BY cricmatters on | December 28, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Jadeja is a fighter and his fielding is outstanding unlike some of the other indian players. His batting is bound to improve as he plays with more freedom without having to worry about his place in the side. Shami and Jadeja would be in my bowling lineup any day especially on overseas tours. As Zaheer Khan is not getting any younger and Ishant Sharma has shown no control, India should look at other bowlers to replace them. I remember, Ian chappel said long time back that India should play their best bowlers. If their best bowlers are spinners, so be it. Instead of the standard practice of playing three seamers in every match, India should have gone with two specialist spinners, at least on this track.

  • POSTED BY WC2011Champs on | December 28, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Anybody bringing Ashwin's name up here is fickle minded. Just after last test it was concluded that he is not a wicket-taking bowler outside India people are back. Ashwin would still have come back without a wicket while Jadeja has taken four today. Analyse and try to figure out the reasons. Jadeja's nagging line and length over after over (perfect test match style bowling) while Ashwin's each delivery is different line and length (makeshift spinner). Ashwin has had hard in India as well when other bowlers have failed to take early wickets and unable to create pressure. That's why this four wicket haul by Jadeja is even more praiseworthy.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    I'm not an Indian but why do you guys make fun of names ? Rohit Sharma is talented individual who is giving his best that does'nt mean people start abusing him.Just a thought

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Ashwin is the all-rounder and the Jadeja is the first-choice spinner. Good selection by Dhoni though because of all the right handers in the SA team.

  • POSTED BY Natx on | December 28, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    well the fact is ashwin is not yet a test material outside India. We saw how he did in Aus, Eng, and now in SA so please talk with numbers when you support him. I wouldn't say jadeja is world class but he is determined and works hard compared to ashwin who is an absolute sloppy fielder. if you dont want to agree go and check the replay of last test. Ojha is another good spinner but here MSD went for a spinner who can also field bettter. Ashwin is gone once srinivasan is gone. until then one has to bare with this sloppy cricketer.

  • POSTED BY gandabhai on | December 28, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    I belive Sanjay is a brilliant analyst,its also good when he is able to see India's positives.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | December 28, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    On a pitch that is turning so much, India had to drop their prime spinner!!! Ashwin in place of Rohit would have been nice. The real bowling hero for me was IS again. He troubled all the batsmen and did not have an iota of luck. Zak/Shami, where is the famed reverse swing guys? Zak's pace dropped and so are his shoulders. Is Amla the new Shami bunny? Come on boys. Some reverse swing and nice spin from both Jadeja and Rohit...we should wrap this innings up.

  • POSTED BY rpisharodi on | December 28, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @ Narehskumar Sathyanarayanan - I agree that Ashwin is a very good spinner, one with tremendous talent. However, his performances of late has been lacklustre! Please do not create a regional divide in team selection! Personally, I don't care which zone a player comes from, as long as he performs consistently for India. I hope that the best players in best form are selected from our wonderful land!

  • POSTED BY rpisharodi on | December 28, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    @Vikas Singh - I share your sentiments dude. Not just because Nohit Sharma was out for a golden duck in this match but also because there are other players such as Ashwin or Ojha who'd have added more value to the team, especially in this match. I'm not suggesting this on hindsight. Our weakness is our bowling and in my humble opinion it makes sense to go with a full set of 5 bowlers. Also, I like what I see with Shami. Hope they look after him! After all, we're not that blessed with a regular supply of quality bowlers as we are with our batsmen. Finally, Jadeja - well done!

  • POSTED BY pratit on | December 28, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Unlike his batting, Jadeja has a lot going for him as a spinner. Due to his action, he is likely to impart a lot more revolutions onto the ball than someone like Ashwin. The other thing is his unerring accuracy, which is what made Kumble so lethal even abroad. He is young and will pick up things about flight, speed variations etc. as he plays more tests. The only thing that he lacks is mental fortitude. It seems he is mentally fragile and the team management should take care of him. Overall, India's 4 bowler theory is not working abroad. India needs to try out someone like Rishi Dhawan or any seam bowling allrounder straightaway, even of there is a 20% chance of them being successful.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | December 28, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    A testimony to SA struggle against pakistani spinners that jadeja who is just a part timer as per dhoni can run through their batting lineup. Both ashwin and jadeja in tandem could be more meaningful.

  • POSTED BY rame1975 on | December 28, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    I think Ashwin should have been included in place of Rohit sharma . This would have given dhoni enough options to rotate the bowlers for keeping them fresh. And also Ashwin with jadeja could have been handful in this match to create pressure for SA batsmen and thereby getting wickets .Things would have been different if both Ashwin and Jadeja had played alongside in this match.

  • POSTED BY roook on | December 28, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    India miss the plot south africa has a bad track record against spin. On a slow track India should have gone with there strength two spinners. Ashwin would have a same effect as jadeja. If spinner were operating from both ends south africa may be allout under 200. Match is draw and india lost the initiative

  • POSTED BY Waves239 on | December 28, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Jadeja started off well with his bowling performance in overseas. The straight wicket to wicket lines he bowls, some grip the surface and turn and some straighten up, will always keep batsmen guessing. With the limited all rounders India got, if possible he can bat well at number 6 that would be huge morale boost to playing XI in overseas. It just opens up the slot for extra bowler either spin or seam depending on conditions. Long way to go but happy with how he started!

  • POSTED BY The_Freakster on | December 28, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    When a fast bowler gets wickets on a green top, he gets showered with praise. So why not a spinner getting wickets on a turning track? Commentators were highly complimentary of Steyn's wickets, whereas Jadeja's were all down to "the pitch offering help to spinners". Unfair and biased I think. Jadeja has bowled extremely well and outbowled Ashwin completely. He should be India's first choice spinner going forward.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    I think India missed a trick. It would have been better to drop Rohit Sharma and play 2 spinners in Jadeja and Ashwin/Ojha. Ashwin would have probably scored more runs than Rohit anyway

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Jadeja bowls to a very tight line & length. He knows his limitations well & conjugates the batsman by giving no easy runs. Ashwin actually needs to learn from Jadeja & stop pushing for 6 variations in each over.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    I think he has the potential to become the lead spinner, particularly overseas. But at the same time, I do believe, he is batting one place to high. Him batting at 8 or 9 with his bowling would be the ideal use of his potentials but then that might affect the balance of the side. Not an easy solution really.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Ashwin is pure spinner. He have variety in hands. He did not get support from former player. Jadeja always bowling very low pitch.... this not spin or bowling. South India player not get supporting by former player...... please do not praise Jadeja...

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    People getting cooked up. Durban is the closest one can get to a sub continental wicket. No rain coming into the game made it even better for the spinner. Yes he has done a better , in fact a wayyy better job than what Ashwin did at Wanderers. His real test would be in New Zealand and Australia , with swann gone i expect England to go the green way. Ojha imo is still the No.1 spinner. Jadeja has a long long way to go , but it has been a good start for him here.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Jadeja bowled beautifully and with his faster pace,he gets more "bite" and quick spin form the surface.Definitely did at Durban.

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  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Jadeja bowled beautifully and with his faster pace,he gets more "bite" and quick spin form the surface.Definitely did at Durban.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    People getting cooked up. Durban is the closest one can get to a sub continental wicket. No rain coming into the game made it even better for the spinner. Yes he has done a better , in fact a wayyy better job than what Ashwin did at Wanderers. His real test would be in New Zealand and Australia , with swann gone i expect England to go the green way. Ojha imo is still the No.1 spinner. Jadeja has a long long way to go , but it has been a good start for him here.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Ashwin is pure spinner. He have variety in hands. He did not get support from former player. Jadeja always bowling very low pitch.... this not spin or bowling. South India player not get supporting by former player...... please do not praise Jadeja...

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    I think he has the potential to become the lead spinner, particularly overseas. But at the same time, I do believe, he is batting one place to high. Him batting at 8 or 9 with his bowling would be the ideal use of his potentials but then that might affect the balance of the side. Not an easy solution really.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Jadeja bowls to a very tight line & length. He knows his limitations well & conjugates the batsman by giving no easy runs. Ashwin actually needs to learn from Jadeja & stop pushing for 6 variations in each over.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    I think India missed a trick. It would have been better to drop Rohit Sharma and play 2 spinners in Jadeja and Ashwin/Ojha. Ashwin would have probably scored more runs than Rohit anyway

  • POSTED BY The_Freakster on | December 28, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    When a fast bowler gets wickets on a green top, he gets showered with praise. So why not a spinner getting wickets on a turning track? Commentators were highly complimentary of Steyn's wickets, whereas Jadeja's were all down to "the pitch offering help to spinners". Unfair and biased I think. Jadeja has bowled extremely well and outbowled Ashwin completely. He should be India's first choice spinner going forward.

  • POSTED BY Waves239 on | December 28, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Jadeja started off well with his bowling performance in overseas. The straight wicket to wicket lines he bowls, some grip the surface and turn and some straighten up, will always keep batsmen guessing. With the limited all rounders India got, if possible he can bat well at number 6 that would be huge morale boost to playing XI in overseas. It just opens up the slot for extra bowler either spin or seam depending on conditions. Long way to go but happy with how he started!

  • POSTED BY roook on | December 28, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    India miss the plot south africa has a bad track record against spin. On a slow track India should have gone with there strength two spinners. Ashwin would have a same effect as jadeja. If spinner were operating from both ends south africa may be allout under 200. Match is draw and india lost the initiative

  • POSTED BY rame1975 on | December 28, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    I think Ashwin should have been included in place of Rohit sharma . This would have given dhoni enough options to rotate the bowlers for keeping them fresh. And also Ashwin with jadeja could have been handful in this match to create pressure for SA batsmen and thereby getting wickets .Things would have been different if both Ashwin and Jadeja had played alongside in this match.