Azharuddin expects Jadeja to play WC semi-finals
Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin has come in support of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion in the Indian cricket team for the World Cup 2019 semi-finals. Mohammad Azharuddin reckons Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round instincts make him a productive player and that will turn to be an X-factor for the team in the semi-finals.
India’s middle-order faced flak for its inability to switch gears at the need of the hour and Azharuddin thinks that Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion can add a new dimension to team’s batting attack. “Maybe try Jadeja, he is a utility player,” Azhar told AFP.
“In the last game (against Bangladesh) I thought maybe Jadeja could have played because you had a very thin batting line-up.
According to Azhar, Ravindra Jadeja could be a phenomenal force for team India and he wants the team management to experiment Jadeja against Sri Lanka to get clarity.
“Jadeja on these (English) wickets with the ball holding up and not coming on to the bat will be a force to reckon with. He is also a good fielder and a lusty batsman. They should try him against Sri Lanka.”
Azhar knew exactly why things are not going well for India in the middle order. He said that the team should be ready to face any type of challenge because things can change pretty quickly in the game of cricket.
“Definitely the middle order has not done well. You need to be prepared because sometimes the three wickets fall early,” said Azhar, a stylish middle-order batsman known for his wristy strokeplay.
“Rishabh Pant coming back has given the team some stability. But still, a lot was expected from Kedar Jadhav but he has not delivered. You need to have a re-look at the players who are going to play in the semi-finals,” Azhar added in a statement.
Azharuddin, who is the only Indian skipper to lead the team in three World Cup tournaments (1992, 1996, 1999) highlighted the fact that Dhoni should not be made the scapegoat but instead urged the middle order brigade to go about their business.
(With AFP inputs)