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Jadeja, India's best left-arm spinner?

Udayan Nag,Cricketnext.com
Sep 23, 2011 at 01:30pm IST

New Delhi: Ravindra Jadeja's superb all-round display might not have been enough to stave off defeat for India in the third one-day international (ODI) against England, but his figures of 2/42 from nine overs could leave the visitors scratching their heads over might might have been had a specialist left-arm spinner been included in the squad right from the onset.

Jadeja got the crucial wickets of Craig Kieswetter and Tim Bresnan when they were well set and looking dangerous. Both batsmen were comprehensively bowled for 51 and 28 respectively.

However, the question that springs to mind straightaway is why a specialist left-arm orthodox bowler was not included for the Test series where India suffered a humiliating 4-0 whitewash as the number one ranked team in the world.

Jadeja, India's best left-arm spinner?

Ravindra Jadeja (right) got the crucial wickets of Kieswetter and Bresnan in the second ODI against England. (AP Photo)

Surely, Pragyan Ojha could not have fared any worse than 'ace' off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and leg-spinner Amit Mishra had he got an opportunity to take part in any of the Test matches.

Well, a left-arm spinner was not included in India's World Cup squad as well to which former opening bat Sunil Gavaskar had quipped that a player could get injured to make way for one.

On that occasion MS Dhoni and his men got away, however it seems that India have paid the price for tempting fate once too often.


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