Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been named as the ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) in Test cricket in the 21st century by Wisden magazine.
After being accoladed with the MVP title, Ravindra Jadeja said he aims at delivering his best not only in test, but in every form. His remark came as Jadeja achieved an MVP rating of 97.3, as a result he was also rated as the second most valuable player worldwide, after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
“Thank you Wisden India for naming me the ‘Most Valuable Player’. I would like to thank all my teammates, coaches, fans, and well-wishers for your support as I aim to give my best for our country. Jai Hind,” Jadeja tweeted.
Based on marketing analysis, each player in the world was awarded an MVP rating by Wisden using a arithmetical method to rank their ‘match impact’ compared to their peers.
Jadeja has played 49 Tests from 2012, and has scored 1869 runs and managed to pick 213 wickets.
“It might come as a surprise to see Ravindra Jadeja, India’s spin-bowling all-rounder, feature as India’s number one. After all, he’s not even always an automatic pick in their Test team. However, when he does play he is picked as a frontline bowler and has batted as high as No.6 – contributing to a very high match involvement,” the official website of Wisden quoted CricViz’s Freddie Wilde as saying.
“But Jadeja’s position is based on more than simply volume: it’s what he does when he’s involved that really counts. The 31-year-old’s bowling average of 24.62 is better than Shane Warne’s and his batting average of 35.26 is better than Shane Watson’s. His batting and bowling average differential of 10.62 runs is the second-best of any player this century to have scored more than 1,000 runs and taken 150 wickets. He is an all-rounder of the very highest quality,” he added.
With his unique batting techniques, Ravindra Jadeja has managed to score one century and 14 half centuries in the longest format of the sport. He was last seen in action during India’s two-Test series against New Zealand earlier this year.
We would’ve seen him India Premier League’s Chennai Super Kings, had the Covid-19 pandemic wouldn’t be an ongoing outburst. However, along with the IPL, many other matches and tournaments have been indefinitely postponed.
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