Former Indian batsman, Gundappa Vishwanath was aware of the talent that the left hander possesses and said, “It is a tremendous achievement. It is good for both Indian cricket as well as the player himself. It really gives encouragement for other players to play and perform at domestic level. It is not easy to score big hundreds.” The former Indian batsmen rates the player very highly and considers him to be a utility cricketer. He is an all rounder who bats and bowls left handed and is a also a special fielder.
Vishwanath said, "He is a utility cricketer. He has proved now and then for the team, but he could not stick with the Indian team. He is a useful player who can make a comeback to the Indian team.” Yusuf Pathan came up with some hope along with Jadeja, but both these players failed to prove at the international level even though management gave them enough chances to prove themselves.
The Indian team has been devoid of a good all rounder in various formats of the game. The last all rounder that India saw was Kapil Dev and after him there has been a huge lull. Another former Indian cricketer, Karsan Ghavri, who considers Jadeja to be a genuine all-rounder said, “There are not many good all-rounders, but Jadeja is turning into a good all-rounder, so it will benefit the Indian team in all formats of the game; he is a great asset.”
Ghavri also said, “The selectors should give chance to Jadeja, as there is so much of Test matches that are going on, so an opportunity is bound to arise.” It is not going to be easy for the left hander from Saurashtra to get a spot in the Indian team at present, as there is a strong competition within the team for the starting 11 and other players such as Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary are still waiting on the wings. Vishwanath righly adds, “It all depends on the vacancy of the Indian team, especially in the Test side.”
One also has to say that the left hander needs to improve upon his bowling, if he wants to earn a name in international cricket. His batting and fielding are his plus points. Both the former cricketers agree that Jadeja needs to work on his bowling, but that should not be a huge problem as he is just 23 years of age and has plenty of time to learn the art of bowling. Till then, Jadeja needs to work hard and perform consistently in all the matches he plays and selectors would find it difficult to ignore the player.
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