“India’s All-Time XI”: Ravi Shastri’s Heavy Comment On Ravichandran Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri feels Ravichandran Ashwin should be “right up there” among India’s all-time greats and his spin partner Ravindra Jadeja is not far behind. Ashwin and Jadeja have emerged as the most lethal pair in world cricket as they have taken 462 wickets together in 45 Tests. The duo took 16 wickets in the Delhi Test and added their 15 wickets in the first Test in Nagpur as India took a 2–0 lead in the four-Test series. Ashwin, who has so far taken 463 Test wickets in his illustrious 12-year international career, on Wednesday replaced England’s James Anderson to become the No. 1 bowler in the ICC Test rankings.
Shastri told ICC Review, “I never compare eras, but the record he (Ashwin) has – especially in Indian conditions – will make him a favorite to be included in the (all-time XI) team.”
“In Indian conditions he is something else. I mean, you have seen some great spinners in the past. He is right up there. And the fact that he can get you runs at crucial stages makes all the difference.” The 60-year-old Shastri, who coached India till the 2021 T20 World Cup, is also impressed with Jadeja’s impressive performances in the last 18 months and feels the left-arm spin all-rounder can find Ashwin in India’s all-time XI. Is.
“He (Jadeja) will start getting the credit (he deserves). There is no doubt about it. He has been brilliant in the last year and a half as he has realized his potential,” Shastri said.
Jadeja claimed his career-best bowling figures of seven for 42 in the second innings of the Delhi Test, ending with match figures of 10 for 110. It was his second 10 wicket haul in 62 Tests in which he took over 250 wickets. He has also scored 2619 runs with two of his three Test centuries coming in the last 12 months.
“He gives you nothing and it is a nightmare (for opposition batsmen). Especially, if you are not in good form, and you are in opposition as a batsman, you will have nightmares. In your dreams Jadeja will be.” Because the boy gives you nothing.
“If it’s a pitch where the ball is up and down, he can be even more dangerous than Ashwin. Ashwin’s got the guy with (his) skills anyway. But here, this guy (Jadeja) gives you the edge.” Because leave a ball through, a ball will turn, and that gives you nothing.
“His accuracy is so good that there is hardly any loose ball on offer.” Shastri also recalled a time during his coaching stint with India when Jadeja was promoted up the order, which he believes proved to be a turning point for the all-rounder.
Shastri said, “People and he himself didn’t really realize how good a player he was until he got some really big scores in Test matches.”
Shastri recalled how during their time together, he encouraged Jadeja to bat higher up in Test cricket.
“I remember we pushed him up the order to give him that responsibility and he hasn’t looked back.
“When you look at his technique, he plays the ball late, he plays in straight lines and he’s just a brilliant cricketer.”
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