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Ravindra Jadeja: Unsung hero of Border-Gavaskar Trophy
A winning team always has an unsung hero and Ravindra Jadeja fits the tag perfectly when we talk of the current ongoing Test series against Australia, which India has already won, 3-0. He has not received credit for his bowling performance. He has been one of the most consistent wicket takers for India solving team's fifth bowler problem, at least in sub-continental conditions. He has taken 17 wickets during last three matches.

During the first Test match, many people were surprised to see Jadeja taking the field as the fifth spinner. Very few had faith in him as a Test match spinner, as the longer format of the game not only demands to put an end to the run flow, but also take important wickets.

He silenced all his critics in the first Test match itself, where he picked up five wickets and most importantly removed the in-form player, Michael Clarke, who was threatening to take the game away from the Indians. The second Test match also witnessed Jadeja coming up with a brilliant bowling performance taking six wickets. In the third Test match as well he proved that he was no flash in the pan taking six wickets again.

What remains to be the highlighted about his bowling performances is the way the left arm slow bowler bamboozled Michael Clarke, dismissing him five out of the six times he took to the crease. Taking the wicket of a player with such caliber will only do his confidence a world of good and that has reflected in his bowling performances of late. He has immensely improved as a bowler in such a short span of three Test matches. With it, MS Dhoni can also sit on his couch and pick Jadeja as the fifth bowler. Jadeja, if he comes up with good performance in the final Test match in Delhi, he stands a chance of even bagging the Man of the Series award.

Jadeja coming into form is positive news for Indian cricket. Apart from being a useful bowler, he is a good enough batsman to play according to the situation. He can hit the ball long as well as hold on to his wicket for a longer period of time, if the need arises. This is the demand of an international cricketer, where he needs to adapt according to the situation, respective of the format – T20, Test or an ODI.

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