Virat Kohli‘s men notched up a crushing nine-wicket win in the fifth and final ODI at Thiruvananthapuram after an excellent bowling display. The visitors were bundled out for just 104 runs with the hosts chasing down the paltry target inside 15 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of India’s bowlers on Thursday with a four-wicket haul to his name.
Here, we take a closer look his his performance.
OVERS BOWLED: 9.5
RUNS CONCEDED: 34
ECONOMY RATE: 3.45
Brought into attack after the West Indies had slightly regrouped following the early dismissals of the openers, Jadeja wasted no time in creating the impact Virat Kohli would have wanted from him. The left-armed spinner induced a false shot from the well-set Marlon Samuels to break the partnership before pinning the dangerous Shimron Hetmyer lbw after a review. He was brought back into the attack towards the end and once again repaid Kohli’s faith by picking up the wickets of Keemo Paul and Kemar Roach inside the span of just three deliveries.
What a spell from Ravindra Jadeja!— ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2018
His 4/33 has helped India skittle the Windies for 104. The chase is underway.
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On a pitch where the ball was stopping slightly on the batsmen, Jadeja made full use of his subtle changes in pace as he turned the screws on the Windies. Samuels was looking set for a big score after an otherwise disappointing series but Jadeja ensured his stay at the crease did not last long with one such clever change in pace. His variation deceived the West Indies batsman who could only chip a sitter into the hands of Kohli.
Apart from his tight lines and clever variations in speed, Jadeja also hit the bullseye when it came to reviews. Having seen a lbw appeal against Hetmyer turned down by the umpire, Jadeja opted to review despite Kohli and MS Dhoni not being convinced. Turns out, the spinner was right all along.
always felt why ravindra jadeja was sidelined. a excellent fielder. a good lower order batsman and a good economical and wicket taking bowler. Way better than @hardikpandya7 who cannot even complete his quota of overs in any match. @imjadeja @BCCI #INDvWIN— Prateek k (@Prateekk20) November 1, 2018
The 29-year-old is usually bang on the money with his consistent lines and lengths. However, he was guilty of offering a few poor deliveries that the Windies batsmen capitalised on. In the end, the loose deliveries bowled by Jadeja were of little impact as the visitors floundered heavily.
VERDICT – 9/10
The southpaw’s limited-overs international career seemed all but over after he was axed from the squad last year after the series against the same opponents. It was only an injury to Hardik Pandya in the Asia Cup which opened the door for Jadeja’s return and the all-rounder has grasped his chance with both hands ever since.
His latest display will go a long way in cementing his position in the ODI outfit as an all-round option with his left-armed orthodox spin proving to be the perfect foil for the wrist-spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. At this rate, Jadeja could be a certainty to make the squad for the 2019 World Cup in England.
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