India captain Ajinkya Rahane heaped reward on Ravindra Jadeja for his contributions within the longest format and admitted that the all-rounder has immensely improved his batting.
“Jadeja has been really good. He has been doing well for us in Test cricket, especially with the bat. Jadeja has improved a lot and that’s a massive thing from the team’s perspective. When you know that your No. 7 can contribute with the bat, a good score can be achieved,” Rahane stated on the eve of the third Test in Sydney.
After lacking out on the primary Test in Adelaide, the place the Indian group crumbled for 36-9 within the second innings, Jadeja returned to the aspect for the second Test in Melbourne. He made an on the spot impression, scoring 57 runs and bagging three wickets and likewise left a mark within the fielding division.
“You can see him in the field as well. He has taken brilliant catches and his addition to the team helped us a lot. He has been fantastic,” the India captain stated.
Always keen to study
The India captain additionally had a phrase of appreciation for the seasoned Ravichandran Ashwin, who has picked 10 wickets within the sequence up to now. “He has great skills, but Ashwin is always looking to learn new things. As cricketers, that’s what matters. Happy to see him bowl well and hope he continues that in the next two Test matches,” Rahane stated, hoping that the 34-year-old delivers in Sydney, which has historically been a contented searching floor for the spinners.
Talking about his captaincy, Rahane stated: “As a captain, I am enjoying the role. It is a proud moment for me to lead my country and lead this exciting bunch of guys. There are responsibilities and challenges, but I am enjoying it.”
Rahane stepped up because the captain of the Test group after Virat Kohli left for India on paternity depart after the primary Test in Adelaide. With the group trailing 0-1, Rahane scored a century in Melbourne as India levelled the sequence at 1-1.
Problem of loads
While Rohit Sharma will open the innings in Sydney together with Shubman Gill, Rahane stated it’s good to have a ‘drawback of loads’ on the high. Keeping the protocols in thoughts, the group has travelled with a big squad, which has helped it to make modifications within the batting line-up, as and when crucial.
“Because of this COVID life, the teams will travel with 20-22 players on tour now. Whoever is in the team are quality players, it’s all about backing them and giving them confidence. It’s good to have such a problem,” Rahane stated.
Rohit, who missed out on the primary two Tests, will probably be changing an off-colour Mayank Agarwal.