Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made it clear that he was not happy with Ravindra Jadeja’s performance with the bat at number eight and said he won’t be able to persist with him by just having faith in his abilities.
All-rounder Jadeja has failed in all three matches against big oppositions with scores reading 3, 2 and 13 against Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies respectively.
Asked if he is happy with Jadeja’s application, Dhoni said, “No, I think he needs to improve. He needs to step up really because we have a lot of faith in him, but at the end of the day you can’t really play with hope. What you want is actually performance on the field,” Dhoni stated about his Chennai Super Kings teammate.
Dhoni though also had words of praise for Jadeja. “He has that capability. You don’t get three triple
hundreds in India just because you know how to bat. He’s definitely talented, but he needs to keep believing in himself. Every batsman is tested in a few areas. They will bowl short-pitched deliveries to him. He will have to find a way in which he can tackle it because every batsman tackles it in a different way. So he’ll have to find a way, what he can really do.”
The Indian skipper felt that there won’t be much turn on offer for the spinners in New Zealand where they play the next two matches.
“The problem is that the side looks better when we play with two spinners. Even though Jadeja is not performing really well as a batsman, but he still gives you that comfort if he is at Nos 6 or 7, one of the slots, it looks like a slightly better side.
“We also have to keep in mind the slower rate because a lot of people dig into the stats. Someone told me whenever we have played with four fast bowlers, 90 percent of the time we lose and 100 percent of the time the captain gets banned,” he said with a smile.