Ravindra Jadeja has made his way back into the Indian test team.
He has been rewarded for his good form in domestic Cricket as he has been named in the squad for the upcoming Mandela-Gandhi test series.
With Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri quite insistent on the fact that they would play with 5 bowlers, the inclusion of somebody like Jadeja was always on the cards for he is exactly the kind of player you want to have in the XI in Indian conditions.
Not only does he provide you a lot with the ball, he is not bad with the bat either.
Yes, so far in his test career, he has failed to make any big contribution as a batsman, but, most of his test matches he has played overseas and on those pitches, his game has limitations.
However, on the slow pitches in India, he is a handy bat and a fine, fine bowler especially on the 4th and 5th day when the wear and tear on the pitch starts helping the ball spin.
Jadeja had last played a test match for India on the England tour last year. Thereafter, he was retained for the Australia tour as well and he had even travelled with the team to Down Under, but, he had to head back home before the start of the second test to receive treatment on shoulder injury.
Later, the selectors opted not to pick him for the One off test played in Bangladesh and went with Harbhajan Singh instead. (more…)