Former England captain Michael Vaughan praised Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and called him 'the perfect T20 cricketer'. Currently, the 32-year-old is playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in the UAE for Chennai Super Kings and soon will sport the blue Indian jersey in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Over the years Jadeja has proved himself to be an asset for the Indian cricket team across all formats. In the ongoing IPL tournament Jadeja has so far scored a total of 212 runs in 13 games for CSK at an average of 70.67 and a strike rate of 152.52in IPL 2021. The all-rounder not only holds expertises on the batting front but also specializes with the ball. The left-hander has scalped 9 wickets at an average of 30.6 for CSK.
Michael Vaughan hailed Jadeja as "the perfect T20 cricketer" due to the all-rounder's ability to make a difference with the ball, bat and as a fielder. Vaughan said that Chris Gayle or Virat Kohli may be the examples to follow for being a good T20 batter but Jadeja is the template for a cricketer overall.
“He [Ravindra Jadeja] is outstanding, he's just got everything. If you are building a T20 cricketer, if you are building a batter, you go for Chris Gayle’s power or Virat Kohli's finesse. But if you are looking to build a cricketer from scratch, you'll almost start with Ravindra Jadeja because he offers you everything,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“He is an unbelievable fielder, he can bowl brilliant left-arm spin, if there is an element of turn in the surface, he is as good as any. Obviously, with the bat, he can play the anchor role if you lose early wickets, he can also come in with 15 balls to go and pretty much go on from ball 01. He is the perfect T20 cricketer,” he added.
Jadeja is a perfect combination of a batter, bowler and a fielder, who is capable of rescuing his team on all fronts. On many occasions, his batting in the death overs has been the highlight of his perfect combination as a team player in IPL 2021. So far, he has played 21 balls in the final over, scoring 65 runs, at a strike rate of 309.52, including 3 fours and 7 sixes.