Jadeja refused to add variations in his bowling, Mohammad Kaif recalls


On Sunday, February 19, India bowled out Australia for 113 in the second innings of the second Test in Delhi, with Ravindra Jadeja taking 7/42. Despite being set a 115-run target, Rohit Sharma and his team successfully chased it down with six wickets to spare. India has secured a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Mohammad Kaif praised the unwavering dedication of Jadeja to his metronomic bowling movement, which has proven to be extremely effective in Test cricket.


On Star Sports, Kaif said:

“He and I were both in Gujarat Lions there. He was on the squad, and I was the coach. I urged him to adopt certain variants, such as using a sidearm or a carrom bowl, but he refused, saying that once he had a poor habit, it would be impossible for him to bowl in Test matches”

He further added:

“He didn’t alter his technique after taking seven wickets; instead, he continued to bowl with the same attitude and won Man of the Match. It demonstrates that he avoids flamboyance. Let the world do whatever they want to do. Ashwin tries, he bowls the knuckle-ball or carrom-ball, let him do that, he (Jadeja) knows what his strengths are. That is the fantastic thing about him.”

India won the 2nd Test without facing much difficulty. About the win, Kaif said:

“Yesterday, we were saying that Australia might score 300-350 – Travis Head was playing well and hitting shots but today – fantastic captaincy, did a meeting and planned and brought his best bowlers. Both these bowlers (Jadeja and Ashwin) wait for someone to put them under pressure.”

Usman Khawaja, according to Kaif, spread the wrong rumour in the Australian dressing room. After his 81-run first-inning knock, the opener mentioned that the sweep shot was a productive stroke on the surface.

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