Ravindra Jadeja Hailed As Great All-rounder After Test-Winning Feats | cricket news

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Ravindra Jadeja was hailed as one of the world’s best all-rounders on Monday after his relentless unbeaten 175 with the bat and nine-wicket run with the ball propelled India to a first Test win over Sri Lanka in three days. The southpaw’s game-defining strike in Mohali, his best in Tests, and figures of 5-41 and 4-46 with his left arm spin saw Sri Lanka crushed by one inning and 222 runs on Sunday.

Former Indian bowler Irfan Pathan tweeted: “Best bowling in every way? Certainly no one comes close to @imjadeja right now!”

New captain Rohit Sharma said Jadeja brought balance to the team with his variety of skills.

“To me, he’s one of the best in every aspect,” Rohit said, adding that he hoped to give him more hitting opportunities.

Jadeja, 33, is currently third in the ICC all-around standings behind compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin and number one Jason Holder of the West Indies.

In 2008, Australian legend Shane Warne, who died suddenly on Friday aged 52, called rookie Jadeja a “rock star” when they played together for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

“We were coming off our U19s and sharing the dressing room with Warne was a huge thing,” said Jadeja, paying tribute to the player who took 708 Test wickets. “He gave me a great platform and post U19, it was a direct entry into the IPL.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted on Sunday: “The ‘Rockstar’, as Warney called him, has a game in his memory…Fantastic.”

India’s former great batsman VVS Laxman, now head of the National Cricket Academy, said Jadeja had been “spectacular with both bat and ball, proving once again why he is arguably the best all-rounder in the world”.

Veteran cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle said on social media: “Delighted to be able to see Jadeja play like this. With bat and ball. Now rightfully among the best all-rounders in the game in all eras.”

India was 228-5 when Jadeja reached the fold. He remained unbeaten after leading them to a mammoth 578-8 opener during which he enjoyed partnerships of 104 with Rishabh Pant, 130 with Ashwin and an undefeated 107 with Mohammed Shami.

It was the second Test hundred for the flamboyant southpaw, famous for his bat-twist celebrations, though he has hit three first-class triple centuries, including a best of .331, batting at number four for his state side Saurashtra.

He has played 58 Tests for India since his debut in 2012, scoring 2,370 runs at an average of 36.46 and has 241 wickets, including 10 innings of five wickets.

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The match against Sri Lanka was former captain and batting superstar Virat Kohli’s 100th for India, but former starter Wasim Jaffer said it would now forever be known as “The Test of Jadeja”.

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