IPL 2021: Sanjay Manjrekar still not convinced about Ravindra Jadeja’s batting

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Ex-cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar is not fully convinced of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s batting skills. He doubts Jadeja would be able to smash the quality pacers in every match as he did against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2021.

Jadeja, who scored 22 runs off just nine balls, won a close match for CSK against KKR. He had hit Prasidh Krishna for a couple of fours and sixes in the penultimate over.

“I am still not convinced about Jadeja’s batting, especially the role CSK has given him. If he gets the same role in every match, will he be able to continue with his performances against the quality pace bowlers or not?

“Because so far, he has pounced on bowlers like Prasidh Krishna and Harshal Patel. It remains to be seen whether he will be as attacking as well against the quick pacers who try to attack him,” Manjrekar said while speaking to ESPNCricinfo.

In IPL 2021, Jadeja scored 179 runs in 11 matches with a strike rate of 146.72 and an average of 59.66. He has looked an improved batter in the last few years.

Manjrekar further spoke on Jadeja’s role as a bowler for CSK and said the left-arm off-spinner turns into a valuable asset for his side whenever he bowls his full quota.

“The crucial thing Jadeja has done in his last two matches is he’s completed his full quota of overs. CSK skipper MS Dhoni breathes a sigh of relief when Jadeja bowls his four overs in the match. If Jadeja continues to bowl his full quota of overs, he becomes a valuable asset for his side,” he said.