Sanjay Manjrekar impressed with Ravindra Jadeja heroics in 3rd T20I vs Australia: Hats off, brilliant

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar doesn’t mince words when it comes to making his views about the game and players. The cricketer-turned commentator and analyst has landed in trouble in the past for his opinions about big-ticket players but on Wednesday it was time for Manjrekar to applaud India stars after their 3rd ODI win over Australia in Canberra.

Sanjay Manjrekar heaped rich praise on Ravindra Jadeja after the India all-rounder struck a 50-ball 66 and helped India seal a inconsequential yet important win in the ODI series finale. Jadeja also picked up the crucial wicket of Australia captain Aaron Finch who was set for a 3-figure score as he was batting on 75 in chase of 303.

Jadeja walked in when India were in a spot of bother, having lost Virat Kohli for 63 as early as the 32nd over. The scoreboard read 152 for 5 when Jadeja joined hands with Hardik Pandya. The duo went on to post an unbeaten 150-run stand in just 108 balls as the Indian record for the highest 6th-wicket stand in ODIs against Australia was broken.

Jadeja batted on sixth gear in the last 5 overs, hitting the Australian pacers at will as India picked up 76 runs in the said period to post a winning total of 302. It was not just about brute force as Jajeja found gaps with precision and played the field in the death overs.

“Today, the last 3-4 overs, he was really smart about where he was scoring. Jadeja anticipated the ball well and I loved the fact he was able to score on the off-side, leg-side,” Manjrekar told Sony Six after India’s 13-run win.

“I thought he also took some pressure off Hardik Pandya, one of his best one-day innings we have seen in a long time. Only because of his flourish with the bat with Pandya, India were able to compete.”

‘Want Jadeja to pick more wickets with the ball in ODIs’

Manjrekar though said he wants Ravindra Jadeja to be more attacking with the ball in ODI cricket. Jadeja played in all 3 matches for India but picked up just 1 wicket while conceding at 6 runs per over.

“I want him to pick more wickets with the ball. I have said this about Jadeja a lot in the last one year, there’s been a steady improvement in the way he has been batting, but his bowling needs to improve a bit more to win matches for India.

“But purely on his batting performance today, hats off, brilliant,” Manjrekar said.

Having opened their account in Australia, India will be looking to stitch a series of wins as they head into the T20I series, starting December 4 in Canberra.

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