Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan highlighted the areas where Team India will miss Ravindra Jadeja. He feels that although Axar Patel is a like-to-like replacement the quality that Jadeja gives with the bat will not be there with Axar.
“The only problem is that Jadeja had become such a fantastic batter,” Irfan Pathan says India will miss Jadeja as a batter
Indian Cricket Team so far has been dominating in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022. The Rohit Sharma-led side defeated their arch-rivals in the first game and then thrashed Hong Kong by a fine margin to enter the Super 4s. However, their real test will begin in this round as they will take on all the winners of the group stage.
They are next slated to play Pakistan on Sunday (4th September) and ahead of the game, Team India on Friday (2nd September) suffered a major blow as all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the Asia Cup.
The southpaw suffered a knee injury and was deemed unfit to play. In his place, BCCI added Axar Patel to the squad. Many raised concerns over Jadeja’s injury and also gave their take on the replacement.
India will be without Bumrah, Harshal Patel & Ravindra Jadeja from Super 4.
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Pathan also was among those who gave their opinion on the development. Speaking on Star Sports he said:
“Axar Patel is the absolutely correct like-to-like replacement. The only problem is that Jadeja had become such a fantastic batter that you could have batted him up the order, you might not be able to do that with Axar,” he said.
“We hope that Ravindra Jadeja comes back after getting fit as soon as possible,” says Irfan Pathan
Jadeja played a vital role during last India vs Pakistan clash. The all-rounder apart from bowling two economical overs with the ball played a vital role with the bat. He has promoted up the order and smashed a crucial 35 runs for his side. He also stitched 52 runs partnership with Hardik Pandya that helped India seal the match.
Pathan hopes Jadeja to come back as soon as possible in the Indian team as he provides a complete balance to the side. He said:
“You will get good bowling and fielding, there is no problem about that, but there will definitely be some issues regarding that change you could have done in the batting. So we hope that Ravindra Jadeja comes back after getting fit as soon as possible,” he said.
Jadeja has played so many innings whenever top order has failed ..now when top order fails it’s looks like Jadeja is still there and he can change the game even now but same does not look like with Axar.
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