In fact, he bowled 93.3 of them in the third Test itself at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. The second most number of overs were bowled by Australian left-arm spinner Steve O’ Keefe with 77 overs of the 210 overs that India batted in the first innings.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that ‘sir’ Jadeja, as he was christened by MS Dhoni has now been rechristened the ‘bowling machine’ by new skipper Kohli.
With the teams heading to Dharamsala for the fourth Test of the series, Kohli took to Instagram and posted a picture with Jadeja which read: “Off to Dharamshala for the last one. With the bowling machine ✌️. @royalnavghan.”
With Ashwin failing to create an impact on a Ranchi wicket that wasn’t a rank turner, Kohli had no option but to turn to Jadeja to do the bulk of the bowling.
The tag of ‘bowling machine’ also comes from the fact that Jadeja has been extremely disciplined with his line and length, pitching the ball in the same are ball after ball.
Starting off as a mediocre bowler who could also bat a bit, Jadeja has turned out to be India’s real match-winner this home season, picking wickets galore. While Ashwin finished with just two wickets in the Ranchi Test, Jadeja picked 9. He was unlucky to miss out on a much-deserved 10-wicket haul.
Yet, his dismissal of Steven Smith in Australia's second innings where the Australia skipper shouldered arms to get bowled will remain in the minds of Indian cricket fans for years to come.
But he will have an opportunity in just a couple of days when the two teams clash again in the picturesque HPCA Cricket Stadium in Dharamsala.
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First Published: March 21, 2017, 1:21 PM IST