Star Indian all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja has been named as the country’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the 21st century by Wisden. Jadeja has been a vital cog for the Indian team in the recent years, cementing a place as the premier all-rounder in the side owing to his noteworthy performances.
As per the CricViz, the tool used by the Wisden to analyze his performance gave him an astounding MVO rating of 97.3, just behind the Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan.
Jadeja becomes the second-best Test player of the 21st century and the first all-rounder from India to do so. CricViz recognized his contribution from spin bowling and also hailed his sturdy batting at number No.6 & 7.
“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,” Cricviz’s Freddie Wilde told Wisden.
He also cited that the 31-year-old all-rounder has a better bowling average than the Australian great Shane Warne while his batting average is also better than Shane Watson‘s batting average. Besides, he is the second player in this century to have scored 1000 runs and take 150 wickets, an allrounder of high caliber.
Jadeja made his national debut for India in 2009 in T20Is and ODIs. He has played 165 ODI matches and scored 1869 runs at an average of 35.26 and taken 187 wickets at a mere economy rate of 4.9 only. Jadeja has played 49 Tests, 40 T20Is, and 165 ODI matches in his career so far.