Ravindra Jadeja is the best spinner across all formats: Dilip Doshi
Though Jadeja has been a regular feature in the squads of all the formats, he rarely gets a chance to play all the matches of a series.
Updated - Jul 16, 2020 3:10 pm
Former Indian spinner Dilip Doshi hailed Ravindra Jadeja as the best Indian spinner across all the three formats of the game. Jadeja made his international debut for India in limited-overs cricket in 2009 while he debuted in the longest format of the game in 2012 under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
The left-handed batsman has till now represented India in 49 Tests, 165 ODIs, and 49 T20 Internationals scoring 1,869, 2,296, and 173 runs respectively. He has also taken 213 scalps in Test matches and 187 and 39 wickets in ODI and T20s respectively.
Jadeja is currently the only spinner who is among the scheme of things in all the three formats of the game. He has been in the playing XI of the team in almost all the matches since World Cup 2019. As far as other spinners are concerned, they have struggled to find a place in the team in all the formats.
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are regular in limited-overs cricket but have failed to make a mark in the Test format. While Ravichandran Ashwin performs brilliantly in the longest format of the game but has been absent from ODI and T20I teams since 2017.
Though Jadeja has been a regular feature in the squads of all the formats, he rarely gets a chance to play all the matches of a series. In the India tour of New Zealand that happened earlier this year, the all-rounder played three of the five T20Is. While he played all the three ODI matches, he was dropped for the first Test match in the two-match series. In reference to the same, Doshi opined that he would always take Jadeja in his playing XI.
“I consider him (Jadeja) best among the lot. I will play him all the time,” said the former spinner in an online chat session with Playwrite Foundation.
Kuldeep is a great talent: Dilip Doshi
During the session, Doshi also expressed his opinion on the Indian left-arm wrist spin bowler Kuldeep Yadav. In his short international career of 3 years, Kuldeep has emerged as one of the leading wicket-takers for the Indian team. In the 60 ODIs and 21 T20s played, the Chinaman bowler has taken 104 and 39 wickets respectively. Also, the 25-year-old has featured in 6 Test matches taking 24 scalps.
Praising Yadav, Dilip said, “Kuldeep is a great talent. The more he bowls, the better he will become.”