Indian cricket team under Virat Kohli is blessed with a wide variety of spin bowling options. Due to these varied options India more often than not finds themselves rotating among these spinners, leading to most of them being limited to a single format specialist. One who doesn’t fall into that category is Ravindra Jadeja. He is the only spinner right now playing for India across all three formats. And rightly so, former Indian spinner Dilip Doshi in his recent interview claimed that his fellow Gujarati left-arm spinner Jadeja is currently India’s best spinner across all formats.
In his latest online chat session with the Playwrite Foundation, former Indian spinner Dilip Doshi mentioned that Ravindra Jadeja is the best spinner India has at the moment as he plays across all three formats. Even though being available across all formats, Jadeja is not a sure shot starter in any of the playing XI except Test cricket. More often than not, he finds himself warming the benches as far as the limited-overs squad is concerned.
Doshi opined that he would play Jadeja in the playing eleven all the time in all three formats.
“I consider him best among the lot. I will play him all the time,” said the former spinner about Ravindra Jadeja.
Jadeja now has 213 Test wickets at an average of 24.6 and also possesses 187 and 29 wickets in ODI’s and T20I’s respectively.
Doshi also praised India’s other left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and added that he is young and is on a learning curve. He requested the management to give more chances to Kuldeep as it would pay huge dividends in the future.
“Kuldeep is a great talent. The more he bowls, the better he will become.”
Recently, Jadeja was named as India’s Most Valuable Player in Test cricket in the 21st century by Wisden. The popular cricket magazine along with the help of cricket analysts at CricViz conducted a survey to find out the most valuable Test players of the 21st century.
Jadeja ended up in the second position with a rating of 97.3 just below the Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan.
“After all, he’s not even always an automatic pick in their Test team. However, when he does play he is picked as a frontline bowler and has batted as high as No 6 —contributing to a very high match involvement,” said CricViz’s Freddie Wilde.
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