No More Ravindra Jadeja In T20’s?: Cricket analyst and former Indian opener, Aakash Chopra, believes that Ravindra Jadeja’s omission from the Indian T20I squad against West Indies is a strategic move to manage his workload. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) unveiled the 15-man team for the five-match T20I series against the West Indies on Wednesday, July 5. Despite being an integral part of the Test and ODI squads facing the same opponents, Jadeja, along with other senior players, has been left out of the squad for the shortest format.
Chopra delved into the matter of the selected spinners in a video on his YouTube channel. In his analysis, he mentioned four spin-bowling options – Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and Ravi Bishnoi. Among these, he anticipates Axar Patel leading the charge due to Jadeja’s absence. He stated, “Axar Patel will be first in this race because Ravindra Jadeja’s name is not there. I am assuming it is part of workload management.”
Aakash Chopra shares his views on Ravindra Jadeja not getting picked for the T20 series against West Indies
The former cricketer further discussed the significance of Jadeja’s role in the team. He indicated that Jadeja’s capability as a T20I player is beyond dispute and asserted that the all-rounder is likely to feature in the upcoming Tests and ODIs. He added, “There shouldn’t be any question marks over Ravindra Jadeja in terms of T20Is, just my thought, but he will play Tests and ODIs as well.”
Chopra then justified the all-rounder’s omission from the T20I squad as a well-deserved break. He noted, “So you say that he can rest a little. You should play Axar Patel and then you have got other spinning options as well. So that could be the thinking.”
In conclusion, Chopra’s remarks underline the tactical approach of the BCCI in preserving key players like Jadeja for more demanding formats. The decision also opens up opportunities for other spinners to step up and exhibit their skills in the absence of the seasoned all-rounder. While fans might miss Jadeja’s presence in the T20I series, the cricketing fraternity is looking forward to witnessing the performance of the selected spinners.