“I’m not sure he missed the training session since we got here.” – Stephen Fleming, the coach of Chennai Super Kings, about Ravindra Jadeja.
“I also hit the net well so I just thought about that, that the way I hit the net and I hope to do it in the game.” – Jadeja follows her plays 31* over 11 balls to win one final horror film against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Hit good ball while training while not missing a single two-month training session that the Super Kings have been in UAE being a much of the ball hit well. The IPL 2020 didn’t go the way the Super Kings had planned, but it heralded the arrival of Batman Jadeja in the shortest format.
Over the past three years, he has raised his Test batter so that there are number bats who will be satisfied, averaging 48.61 over 24 games. But, in its shortest form, Jadeja’s swing never reached those heights on any consistent basis. Before this tournament, his IPL hit average (24.08) and hit rate (122.66) were pretty normal.
This year, those numbers are out of sight. His strike average is 46.40 and an attack rate of 171.85 is the best for his team. Better than Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis, faster than Sam Curran and MS Dhoni. Looking at his IQ, the value of his quick scoring is clear: Jadeja’s Smart Strike was 195.27, fourth best in the entire tournament. He is ahead of Hardik Pandya, and only behind Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran and AB de Villiers. In other words, his polishing was just as effective as those men.
Jadeja, the pitcher, was among the best finishers at IPL 2020 in almost every way. In a team beset with worries, he’s an unannounced superstar.
“This season he’s been amazing,” said Dhoni after his win over Knight Riders. “He’s the only one on our team to have done the scoring job in the last few passes. The good thing is that at the last minute he’s very balanced. He knows and believes in this kind of talent. that he has, and he has managed to score everywhere He not only uses his strength, sometimes he scores through the scoring zone if he goes up.
“I felt he needed someone else to be with him during the season, then we could have been fine.
Jadeja has done this despite beating mainly sixth this season. Unlike Pollard, he doesn’t have the luxury of a top-order also firing. Unlike Pooran and de Villiers – when not shielded from the swing – he didn’t have a half-time break before exploding. Even so, he was in their league.
That he doesn’t have enough time to be one of the Super Kings autopsies of the season as they sit back to dissect what happened. Jadeja has hit 135 balls so far in 11 innings, but was only eliminated 5 times. On average he only faces more than 12 balls per half, while every 27 balls are eliminated once. Scoring at that rate and playing infrequently would lead to promotion in batting order so the team could maximize their benefit, but that didn’t happen.
The Super Kings acted on the inherent logic of this, which is why Curran earned the promotion. But maybe they missed a little trick of not promoting Jadeja. For example, Dhoni has always been ahead of Jadeja in most games, and there is a large gap in their numbers.
Jadeja came in seventh place in Super Kings’ first defeat to Knight Riders, with 39 passes 2.5 times. He has hit 21 * from eight balls.
In Super Kings’s second match against Delhi Capitals, he came in 6th place, and walked for the remaining 3.3 times in the first half. He hit 33 * out of 13 in a match where Capitals won the penultimate ball.
Even on Thursday, by the time Jadeja entered, there were only 2.4 passes and Super Kings needed 33 to win. “I think it is one The game at the top will benefit us, “Dhoni will smile and say after the game. But will many people benefit them by using their resources – in this case, a player in style? altitude – better?
There is something to be said about keeping a player coming back and sending him on when the remaining time in the game is limited because of how individuals work. You can play with a free mind and be most productive perhaps when you know there is only one way to play. That was certainly true of Dinesh Karthik, for example, who averaged 50.5 at 183.6 on arrival after the 15th compared with 18.88 at 127.8 when arriving before the 15th since IPL 2019.
“Last 12 balls, you don’t have to think too much, just see the ball and hit the ball,” Jadeja would say after her last game. “I know that if they score in my arc I will definitely find a way to score six. That’s the simple plan behind it.”
Fleming seemed to repeat a similar sentiment, almost implying that too much time in between could be counterproductive. “He’s very free,” said Fleming. “Sometimes he almost tries to play too smart but now he just plays free and sees the ball and just hits it nice.”
On the other hand, at IPL 2020 it was Jadeja who showed he could play long too. He got a chance to do so after the top order collapsed. He has 50 wins 35 games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and 35 wins 30 games against Rajasthan Royals. In a form where batter is more likely to fail than succeed, an effect that is increased when you hit 6th place, Jadeja’s successes are significant.
The Super Kings have just one more game left, but even if it won’t affect your level, you should invest a little more in Jadeja, the batter.