IND vs ENG: India overestimated Jadeja ability to bat claims Sanjay Manjrekar, says “it was a disaster waiting for him” – Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has criticised the Indian team management suggesting that Virat Kohli and Co. overestimated Ravindra Jadeja’s ability with the bat during the India vs England series. The left-hander has chipped in with cameos throughout the series, and occupies the sole spinner’s spot, contributing with neither bat nor ball. Jadeja was surprisingly handed a promotion to No.5 during the Oval test, but failed spectacularly, scoring just 10 before perishing.
While analysing Ravindra Jadeja’s performance with the bat on Sony Sports, Sanjay Manjrekar felt that Virat Kohli and the team management was wrong to promote Jadeja in seam-friendly overseas conditions. He said, “I think the T20 way of thinking has come in. I think they overestimated the ability of Jadeja to play at No. 5. In these conditions, it was a disaster waiting for him. I think Indian cricket is overestimating Jadeja’s batting ability in overseas conditions.”
IND vs ENG: He added, “In India, send him at No. 5, there is going to be no problem. In these conditions, we saw while he was out there when the ball was swinging, he didn’t look comfortable.”
Jadeja’s place in the side has been questioned by a host of experts especially considering that Ravichandran Ashwin continues to warm the bench for the 4th Test running. Not only does Ashwin bring in his skills to the fore with the ball, but he can also provide some much needed lower-order batting to this fragile Indian batting order.
IND vs ENG: India were bowled out for 191 in their first innings of the Oval Test, with Shardul Thakur’s swashbuckling 50 saving India the blushes of yet another embarrassing collapse. In response, England were reduced to 53/3 at Stumps, with Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav being amongst the wickets.