One of the hot news doing rounds in the cricket circuit at the moment is the most valuable player's list of the 21st century in the pinnacle of the game , test cricket. The rankings released by wisden saw the highest wicket taker in tests and the Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan leading the chart followed by Ravindra Jadeja.
The #1 all rounder in the country as far as the longest format of the game is concerned, Ravindra Jadeja grabbed the second spot in the Wisden's MVP. Talking about this, cricwizz's Freddie Wilde said,
It might come as a surprise to see Ravindra Jadeja, India’s spin-bowling all-rounder, feature as India’s number one. After all, he’s not even always an automatic pick in their Test team. However, when he does play he is picked as a frontline bowler and has batted as high as No.6 – contributing to a very high match involvement.
The southpaw has improved his batting skills to a great extent in the tests. He has been scoring runs consistently in the last two years with the bat. He adds immense value to the team with some useful contributions down the order.
“The 31-year-old’s bowling average of 24.62 is better than Shane Warne’s and his batting average of 35.26 is better than Shane Watson’s. His batting and bowling average differential of 10.62 runs is the second-best of any player this century to have scored more than 1,000 runs and taken 150 wickets. He is an all-rounder of the very highest quality,” Freddie Wilde added
Ravindra Jadeja averages 53 with the bat and 27 with the ball since 2018 for India in tests.
Ravindra Jadeja's contribution in matches that India has won since his debut
33 – Matches
1313 – Runs
38.61 – Batting Avg
100* – HS
158 – Wickets
21.17 – Bowling Avg
7/48 – BBI
21 – Catches
These are staggering numbers and there is no doubt why he is considered as a match winner for India in test matches.