23 January, 2021

Batting To Infinity

His mastery of the No. 6 spot raises the swashbuckling vice-captain into Indian cricket mythology

Batting To Infinity

FOR Indian vice-captain Ajay Jadeja, matches in Delhi are something he dreads. His friends bug him for passes, his neighbours beseech him for passes and Jadeja has to slink in and out of his own home to avoid added requests. Says he: "They have a very inflated idea about the number of passes we can organise." Also, it so happens that he himself is at 300-runs plus, an unvanquished champion in four essays to the crease, principal candidate for the man of the one-day series award and the final is in the town of his residence.

The spotlight has suddenly turned to Jadeja for turning his position in the batting order into a performance hologram. No. 6 is not a fun position to be in, but Jadeja's turned it into martyrdom. From being an essentially peripheral figure in national cricketing mythology, he's mastered the tactical dynamics of the spot to enter a kind of stronghold of glory. Says former spinner Maninder Singh: "His talent's been vindicated. The 30s and 40s that he got at crucial times were never really appreciated even...



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