Sports / Virat Kohli eyes Ravindra Jadeja as third spinner in World Cup squad

The New Indian Express : Mar 15, 2019, 10:12 AM

Sources in the team management who are aware of the developments said his quality performance in the just-concluded ODI series against Australia has all but sealed his place in the flight to England for the 2019 World Cup. Jadeja is very much in the scheme of things. If he doesn't automatically find a place in the XI, his role could be important if the wickets in England are flat and offer a bit of turn, as expected.Sources in the team management who are aware of the developments said his quality performance in the just-concluded ODI series against Australia has all but sealed his place in the flight to England for the 2019 World Cup.

"Jadeja is very much in the scheme of things. Even if he doesn't automatically find a place in the XI, his role could be important if the wickets in England are flat and offer a bit of turn, as expected for now. Also, you have to realise that he is your only conventional left-arm spinner in the team and in a long format tournament like the World Cup, you will need him.

"Also, with Jadeja what you get is an extended lower middle-order. Yes, he might not be scoring runs in every game, but he can definitely wield the willow. Not to forget his brilliance on the field. He is one of those who can easily save 10-15 runs with his pace across the square. In high-pressure games, 10-15 runs can be worth its weight in gold," the source explained.