Former Indian middle-order batsman VVS Laxman has praised Ravindra Jadeja after his fifty on day three of the first Test against England in Nottingham. Ravindra Jadeja scored an important fifty and made an important stand of 60 runs along with KL Rahul from a turbulent place to put India ahead. VVS Laxman feels Virat Kohli would now have more confidence in Jadeja’s ability with the bat.
Ravindra Jadeja reached the fold, with India at the crossing of 145-5. At lunch, the south leg remained unbeaten at 26, adding 43 to put India nine runs ahead of England. While the departure of KL Rahul ended their 60-run partnership, Jadeja stepped up before dying for Ollie Robinson for 56. India eventually bowled out for 278 and took a significant 95-run lead.
VVS Laxman pointed out that Ravindra Jadeja has been consistent over the past two years, mainly since she beat in the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand in Manchester. The 47-year-old believes Jadeja brings a lot of value to the team with his bowling and excellent fielding skills. That’s why he relies heavily on the spin-bowling versatile player.
“I like this. He has been consistent for the past two years. He has played some important knobs, probably since the 2019 World Cup in the match against New Zealand at Old Trafford. I just feel like he was very consistent. Add to that his bowling and the value he brings to the team with his fielding. I think he is a complete package, and I would show a lot of confidence and faith in these qualities every day as an all-rounder, ‘ Laxman told ESPN Cricinfo.
He played a few shots under pressure and then it meant a lot: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman understands that India may miss a bowling option at a medium pace; however, he believes that Jadeja is a complete package. The veteran of 134 Tests noticed that the Southpaw delivered under pressure and remembered his fifty in Melbourne against Australia under bowling friendly conditions. Laxman stressed that the south leg still adds credibility to his choice and gives Kohli confidence in his batting.
‘Yes, you missed someone like Hardik Pandya to give you a medium-pace option. But I feel at number seven, he is a complete package. He not only gives you runs when the situation is easy but also in difficult situations. I still remember the 50 runs and the partnership with Ajinkya Rahane in Melbourne when the circumstances suited the Australian bowlers. So he hit under pressure and then it meant a lot. “In every game he adds credibility and I think Virat Kohli will show more confidence in his batting ability.” he added.