The prolific Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been named by Wisden as India’s ‘Most Valuable Test Player’ of the 21st century. The 31-year-old southpaw has always been an effective bowler, but his batting has grown in leaps and bounds in the last two years or so. Indian skipper Virat Kohli has even pushed him up the order to increase the scoring rate.
He became the second fastest Indian to pick 200 wickets last year, reaching the milestone in 44 Tests. Ravi Ashwin is the fastest, in just 37 matches.
They formed an ‘MVP Rating’ and ranked a player’s impact on a game using a statistical model. In fact, Jadeja is the second most valuable player of the 21st century in the world with an MVP of 97.3, behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
“The bowling average of 24.62 for the 31-year-old is better than that of Shane Warne and its batting average of 35.26 is better than that of Shane Watson. His 10.62 average batting and bowling differential is the second-best of any player in this century to have scored more than 1,000 runs and taken 150 wickets. He is the very high quality all-rounder, “he added.
In 49 Tests, Jadeja has 1,869 runs to go with a century and 14 half-centuries at a score of 35,26. Back in October 2018, his only ton came against the West Indies at SCA Stadium in Rajkot. A strike-rate of 63.76 is by no stretch of imagination not a bad one in Test cricket.