Sanjay Manjrekar still has reservations about Ravindra Jadeja’s hitting abilities
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has once again stung Ravindra Jadeja by calling her out for her batting potential. Although Manjrekar praised the versatile player for his offensive form against middle coaches, he is unsure of the CSK player’s hitting ability against some fast quality bowlers.
In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar said: “I’m still not convinced by Jadeja’s hitter, especially the role CSK has given him. If he gets the same role every game, can he continue his performance against the Quality bowlers or not? Because so far he has pounced on bowlers like Prasidh Krishna and Harshal Patel. It remains to be seen whether he will be as offensive against the fast players who try to attack him.
Jadeja has been in exceptional form in this IPL. Coming to bat in lower order, the versatile Chennai Super Kings scored 179 points in eight innings with an impressive 147 hitting rate. 19th in the match as CSK won an exciting match in the last point of the match. Scoring a total of 22 points on just eight balls and taking a wicket with a 5.25 save, Jadeja was named player of the match for his overall performance.
In the IPL 2021 first leg, Jadeja ruthlessly beat current purple cap holder Harshal Patel for 37 points in the 20th game against RCB. The southpaw hit five long sixes and a four as he tied Chris Gayle’s record for most runs in a set. But according to the cricketer-turned-commentator, Prasidh Krishna and Harshal Patel are not the kind of quality bowlers who possess the ability to attack hitters. In addition to special performances, Jadeja also has the highest average among Chennai hitters. With an average of 59.7 in 8 rounds, he leads the standings followed by Faf du Plessis, who is far behind him with an average of 49.3.
Sanjay Manjrekar on Jadeja’s bowling alley
However, after highlighting Jadeja’s batting abilities, Sanjay Manjrekar praised the all-rounder for his bowling skills. Talk to ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar explained that when Ravindra Jadeja makes her four full passes in the IPL, MS Dhoni breathes a sigh of relief and the top becomes a valuable asset for CSK.
With a saving of 6.8, Jadeja has seven wickets in ten innings under her belt, becoming the second best left-arm spinner in IPL 2021 behind Axar Patel. “The crucial thing Jadeja has done in her last two games is that he has completed his full quota of overs. CSK MS skipper Dhoni breathes a sigh of relief as Jadeja throws her four overs in the game. Jadeja continues to play his full quota of overs, he becomes a valuable asset to his team, “said Manjrekar.
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