Following India’s series victory over Sri Lanka, Ajay Jadeja offers some wise advice. The T20I series between India and Sri Lanka was won by India 2-1.
Under the strong guidance of Hardik Pandya, India dominated the T20I series against Sri Lanka. Suryakumar Yadav’s flawless knock (112* off 51 deliveries) in the third match of the series enabled the Men in Blue win their first bilateral series of the year. Pandya is still unbeaten in a series as India captain and is one of the contenders to succeed Rohit Sharma as the T20I captain.
Former India international Ajay Jadeja, on the other hand, feels that Pandya and the entire team management should incorporate more all-rounders in the game’s shortest format. Jadeja emphasized that former India captain MS Dhoni was a master at drafting an ideal playing XI, and said India could repeat that technique by bringing in more all-rounders.
“If I have five bowlers and I’m playing, you know I’ll bowl X, Y, or Z. So, you may strategize as an opponent, but if I have seven to eight bowlers who can bowl at various moments. How does the opponent intend to attack you? So you’re in charge of the game. “Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a master at that,” Jadeja stated on Cricbuzz.
“There will be days when Ravindra [Jadeja] does not bowl a single ball. You may play all four if you put in all four (Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, and Ravindra Jadeja). What’s the problem with that? Because they’re all good enough bats,” he remarked.
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Ajay Jadeja also discussed the issue of having too many all-rounders
The former cricketer also discussed the disadvantages of playing too many all-rounders. The 51-year-old believes that if Team India employs this tactic, their bowling would appear inferior.
“It’s simply a wacky idea. You could even add another all-rounder, say a bowling all-rounder like Ashwin. The issue is that you retain the top five-six batters, then add these players as all-rounders, and the bowling becomes a bit weaker,” Jadeja explained.