Former England off-spinner, Graeme Swann, has stated that no team in the world would want bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian side in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
Since his international comeback, the Saurashtra cricketer has been unstoppable in all the three fronts of the games. Jadeja proved to be quintessential for the Indian side in the absence of marquee all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who is recuperating from his back injury.
With the loss in the Champions Trophy final in 2017 in England, the off-spinning duo of Ravi Ashwin and Jadeja went out of favor in the white-ball cricket, paving the way for the wrist-spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Fans witnessed a magnificent turnaround for Ravindra Jadeja since the Asia Cup held in 2018. Since then, the southpaw has been a key feature for the Indian team in all three formats of the game.
“All the other teams in the world do not want Jadeja to be playing in that India team. He’s very very important player. From an English point of view, we’d be very happy (if he doesn’t play),” said Graeme Swann in a Star Sports show.
Jadeja, in the ongoing T20Is against the Kiwis, constantly chipped in with wickets at an economical rate. As a matter of fact, since 2019, the left-arm orthodox bowler holds the most economical figures in T20Is, after Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Imad Wasim.
Having done well against the Black Caps at their grounds, Swann remains confident that the Rajkot all-rounder would do well, Downunder, in the all-important multilateral tournament in October.
“He’s doing well in New Zealand conditions on smaller grounds; in Australia, it’ll be the exact opposite; those are big grounds. If you as a spinner can bowl well on smaller grounds, then you can do better on the big one,” added the former English offie.