Jadeja's No. 7 Role in India's T20 World Cup Squad Questioned

Jadeja's No. 7 Role in India's T20 World Cup Squad Questioned

Ravindra Jadeja's suitability as India's No. 7 batsman in the upcoming T20 World Cup has come under scrutiny, with former Australian cricketer Tom Moody expressing concerns over his strike rate. Moody believes that India needs a player with a higher impact at that position.

Jadeja has been a key player for India in both batting and bowling, but his strike rate of 131.93 in the current IPL season has raised questions about his ability to contribute significantly in the middle order. Moody stated that he would only include Jadeja in the team as the best left-arm spinning option, but not as a No. 7 batsman.

"In my eleven, he's not batting at No. 7. I don't think he's good enough to bat seven in a World Cup side. He's proven that with his strike rate. You need an impact-type player batting at seven," Moody said.

Former India cricketer K Srikanth echoed Moody's sentiments, acknowledging Jadeja's big-match experience but highlighting Axar Patel's potential match-winning abilities. Srikanth believes that while Jadeja is likely to start due to his experience, Axar Patel's inclusion in the squad is equally important.

"Jadeja will be in the 11 but Axar will also be in the 15. Axar is also a potential match-winner, you have to understand that," Srikanth said. "But the first choice will go to Jadeja at number 7 by sheer experience and the way he's played international cricket in the past and he's a big match player."

Srikanth emphasized the dilemma faced in choosing between Jadeja and Axar Patel, likening them to essential components of the team. "Both Jadeja and Axar Patel will be there. Probably the first nod will go to Jadeja for the first match and then probably Axar Patel. Both of them are equally important to me; it's like my right eye and left eye; which one do I choose?" he added.

As the T20 World Cup squad announcement approaches, debates surrounding player selections and batting positions continue to intensify. Experts and fans eagerly await the final decision from the selectors, who will have to balance experience, form, and the need for impact players in their lineup.

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