Former Indian batsman, Sanjay Manjrekar, has praised all-rounder Pravindra Jadeja for the dramatic improvement in his batting in Test cricket in recent years. According to Manjrekar, southpaw batting in red-ball cricket for India has taken it to a different level.

Jadeja is the top scorer for India on the second day of the World Test Championship (WTC) final on Thursday with 48 runs hitting 51 balls. Responding to Australia’s first innings total of 469, India were in trouble at 71/4. A fifth-wicket stand of 71 between Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane (29* of 71) gave the innings a semblance of respect.

India ended the second day on 151/5, with Jadeja dismissed before the match was over.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar said:

“He (Jadeja) was so upset when he got out. (He) shows the kind of expectations he has of himself. His batting in Tests has taken it to a different level. He has this confidence to keep letting balls off off stump. This is a guy who’s got confidence now and it’s amazing How much does that change a player Consistency is the ultimate criterion for judging a good performance and that’s what you see with Jadeja.

After other vital innings against the odds in a tough situation, like the last time he was in England in that one-off Test match with Rishabh Pant. He got India back again, maybe not enough, but he showed his worth. He bats at number six like a batsman. appropriate now.”

Since the start of 2022, Jadeja has played eight Tests in which he has scored 511 runs at an average of 51.10, with two Test hundreds.

‘He just had an attack mentality’ – Brad Hadden reviews Lyon’s sacking of Jadeja

Jadeja was looking good to score big when he challenged an aerial delivery from Nathan Lyon off the off stump and took the ball to slip.

While analyzing the dismissal, former Australian goalkeeper Brad Hadden hinted that India missed Ravichandran Ashwin and commented:

“Where Nathan Lyon and Ashwin are exactly the same is that you have two players in one game. They can finish it off and build pressure if there is a partnership going or they can attack when the opportunity arises. That is exactly what Nathan Lyon did.

“He was brought on for a left-handed wicket. He was nothing but attack-minded and did his job quickly. He was able to come in and use it as an attacking weapon rather than a holding weapon, which is a huge difference in the two teams.”

Apart from Lyon, all four Australian players claimed one wicket each with Pat Cummins and his teammates. They continued their dominance in the final of the World Tennis Championships.

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