“If Ishan Kishan plays at No. 5, there are question marks there as well…”: Gautam Gambhir Highlights Big Concern For Team India

Team India’s triumphant performance in the Asia Cup 2023, culminating in a resounding victory over Sri Lanka in the final, has sent a strong message to the cricketing world with the T20 World Cup on the horizon. While India’s batting and bowling units clicked throughout the tournament, ex-Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir pointed out a potential area of concern that went unnoticed Ravindra Jadeja’s batting form. Jadeja’s contribution with the bat is becoming increasingly crucial as the World Cup approaches.

India’s Asia Cup campaign showcased their dominance with impressive victories over Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Mohammed Siraj’s exceptional performance in the final, taking 6/21, was the icing on the cake as Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 50 runs. Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill completed the chase efficiently, securing a 10-wicket win.

Despite the overall success, Gautam Gambhir has raised a valid point of concern about Ravindra Jadeja’s batting performance. Gambhir emphasized the importance of Jadeja’s role as a batter, especially in a scenario where quick runs are required in the death overs. As India often plays with just six specialist batters, the contributions of all-rounders like Jadeja become crucial.

Ravindra Jadeja’s primary role in the team is as a bowling all-rounder known for his accurate left-arm spin and brilliant fielding. However, in the modern era of cricket, all-rounders are expected to make significant contributions with both bat and ball. Gambhir rightly pointed out that India cannot solely rely on its top-order batters to win matches consistently.

“If Ishan Kishan plays at No. 5, there are question marks there as well. So Ravindra Jadeja will have to win matches with batting because you might have a situation where you need 80 or 90 runs in 10 overs, and the No. 6 and No. 7 batters might be playing together,” noted Gambhir during a discussion on Star Sports.

A closer look at Jadeja’s recent batting performances in the Asia Cup reveals room for improvement. In the tournament, Jadeja accumulated just 25 runs from three innings, at an average of 8.33 and a strike rate of 47.16. While his primary role in the team is not to score big runs, his ability to accelerate the scoring in pressure situations is vital.

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It’s worth noting that Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling in the Asia Cup was impressive, with six wickets in four innings at an economical rate of 4.34. His ability to contain runs and pick up crucial wickets is one of his strengths, but to truly fulfil the role of an all-rounder, he also needs to contribute effectively with the bat.

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