Ravindra Jadeja has started to think like a batsman: VVS Laxman | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman hoped that Virat Kohli and his men take the winning momentum from the third ODI into the T20I series against Australia starting on Friday.
In his column for the Times of India, Laxman wrote, “Even though it was a dead rubber, India’s desperation was evident. In the end, that manifested itself in a thrilling but well-deserved 13-run win in the final ODI in Canberra, a result they will hopefully use to gather momentum going into the T20I series starting on Friday.
Laxman praised Shubman Gill, who opened the Indian innings with Shikhar Dhawan and scored 33 runs.
“Virat won an important toss, but that doesn’t mean anything if you don’t put runs on the board. India’s top-order got off to starts but with the exception of the skipper, no one carried on, which wasn’t ideal. Shubman Gill played some stunning strokes until his dismissal, and he is one player whose progress I will follow with keen interest. Intelligent as he is, the young man will quickly realise the value of making good thing count,” Laxman added.
India’s victory was made possible by an unbroken 150-run partnership between man-of-the-match Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja to swing the momentum after Josh Hazlewood once again proved Virat Kohli’s nemesis.
“India were in a spot when they lost Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Virat in quick succession. Another wicket then, and the advantage of the toss would have been totally frittered away. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja ensured that didn’t happen with an outstanding partnership that underpinned their growing maturity and composure as batsmen,” Laxman opined.
Pandya finished top-scorer with 92 off 76 balls with some late fireworks with Ravindra Jadeja 66 (50), who seized the momentum for India, adding 76 runs in the last five overs.
“Hardik has the well-founded reputation of being a dasher, but in this series, he has shown that he can bat in more than one gear. His situational awareness has been exemplary, and he again demonstrated that he is as equipped to build an innings as he is adept at unleashing big strokes towards the end. He has been the biggest batting gain on this tour. Jadeja’s batting has gone to another level following his World Cup semifinal half-century against New Zealand. He trusts his game a lot more and is thinking like a batsman. He and Pandya complemented each other beautifully to push the team past 300,” Laxman wrote.
While Glenn Maxwell was at the crease Australia were on track to reel in India’s 302-5 total. But Jasprit Bumrah got the crucial breakthrough bowling Maxwell with a trademark yorker for 59 off 38 balls studded with three fours and four sixes. That left Australia 38 runs away from victory with three wickets and 35 balls left, but India claimed the remaining wickets to clinch victory with three balls left.
“Then, the real Jasprit Bumrah stood up. Desperately unlucky not to get wickets in his first spell, he extracted terrific bounce and considerable lateral movement with the new ball. It was great to see him back in his elements because it is this version that India need during the Test matches. The pressure he imposed resulted in wickets at the other end. This match reiterated that there is no substitute for wickets even in white-ball cricket. Had Australia batted out 50 overs, they would have romped home,” Laxman signed off.



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