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“In difficulty in 5th position”: the former England captain highlights a flaw in Ravindra Jadeja’s batting | Cricket News


Ravindra Jadeja returns to the pavilion on the fourth day of the 4th Test against England.© BCCI

Former England captain Alastair Cook criticized the Indian all-rounder’s batting Ravindra Jadeja after the player failed to bat noticeably in the Ranchi Test. Jadeja, who batted at number 5 ahead of Sarfaraz Khan and Dhruv Jurel in the two innings against England, failed to help the team’s cause by returning run-a-ball scores of 12 and 4 off 33. Cook felt that the Indian star is struggling to maintain a balance between attack and defense every time he hits the number 5 spot.

“Jadeja in particular has probably shown why he should hit a little lower.” Cook said TNT Sports.

“Yes, he can score points, but the ability, under pressure, to find that balance between attack and defense under pressure – pressure does funny things to you.

“Jadeja is a world-class all-rounder, but batting at five, he struggled to not take any risks because he didn’t want to go out or try to put a bit of pressure as a hitter.”

On the other hand, Cook was all praise for Jurel, who was playing only his second Test match.

In the first innings of the Ranchi Test, Jurel scored 90 runs from 149 balls to keep India alive in the match while in the second innings, he remained unbeaten with a score of 39 from 77 balls.

“But Jurel found that balance perfectly with the movement of his feet and his alertness,” Cook said.

Shubman Gil and Jurel remained calm to lead India to a five-wicket win over England. The hosts won the fourth Test by 5 wickets, taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series after losing the first match.

Chasing 192 for victory, India slipped to 120 for 5, but Gill, who scored 52, and Jurel put together an unbeaten 72-run partnership to guide India to victory.

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