Former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra reckoned that India’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will not be a potent bowler for the Indian cricket team at the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022.
Ravindra Jadeja has been a vital cog in the Indian squad all thanks to his exceptional fielding skills and the ability to chip in with a few quick overs in the middle overs of the limited formats of the game. However, he is currently going through a lean patch as there has been a dip in his bowling performances off-lately. He played just two games in the recently concluded T20I series against the West Indies.
However, he has been included in India’s Asia Cup 2022 squad and will most likely be picked for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 as well.
Meanwhile, Chopra feels that the left-arm spinner will not be able to pick “too many wickets” for Men In Blue in the upcoming. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Chopra talked about Team India’s spinners who could make it to the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. He said:
“The second name (after Chahal) on this list is interesting – Ravindra Jadeja. Jaddu will definitely play, this both you and I know, but he will not give you too many wickets, be ready for that. The mirror does not lie,”
He added: “If we see his numbers, he has played seven matches since the T20 World Cup, picked up just four wickets, average is above 43 and the economy is also close to 8.5 – it’s not great.”
Further, Aakash Chopra said that the all-rounder doesn’t have the wicket-taking ability in T20Is, and his Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 numbers tell the same story. Chopra also said that Jadeja is a good all-around package, but he is not a wicket-taker. He said:
“The wicket-taking ability has not been seen in the T20 internationals he has played or he has not picked up wickets. The IPL also tells the same story – played 10 matches in the last IPL – five wickets at an average of nearly 50, an economy of 7.50 and a strike rate close to 40.
“Ravindra Jadeja, as good as he is, he will also bat and field, he is a package and is definitely seen playing in the XI, but he is not your wicket-taker. So don’t expect that he will suddenly start picking up a lot of wickets. The conditions are not going to be favourable to his bowling in any case.”