India wrapped up the Border – Gavaskar Test series 2-1 in Dharamsala, lifting the trophy after 6 years. The star of the series, and fittingly the man of the series as well, Ravindra Jadeja performed magnificently well.
Jadeja, who is not the most outspoken cricketer in the Indian team, went against his own character, saying that he has proved, now, that he deserves to be in the Test team.
In the post-match conference, Ravindra Jadeja said that he has given a good reply to those who were responsible for criticising him for playing in Test matches.
Jadeja, while speaking to Ravi Shastri, said, “Sometime back, people didn’t think of me being good enough to be a Test player. This season is a good response to them.”
The left-arm spinner took 25 wickets in the tournament, at a striking average of 18.56 in the 4-match series. He played some good knocks, down the batting order for India as well and in the process, saw his name at the top of the Test bowling charts, replacing teammate Ravichandran Ashwin.
Speaking on how Matthew Wade’s sledge from behind the wicket motivated him to play well, he said, “Matthew Wade’s chatter behind the stumps motivated me while batting.”
Wade tried to distract Jadeja when he was batting in the second innings, asking him for a selfie. Jadeja replied with a fifty in the same innings.
Undoubtedly, Jadeja has been phenomenal with his game and deserves all the credit but he needs to know that his game itself has rubbished his critics and he should not let his mouth doing the talking.