Jadeja is the first player in Indian Cricket history to achieve this feat (Photo: Twitter @iamjadeja)

Cricket is one of the most prominent sports in today’s generation. Earlier at the inception of this sport, players had their strengths in batting or bowling. Fielding was something that was brushed off as trivial in nature. 

However, it was only later players realized how important fielding is. It was late in the 20th-century players got the incentive to become good fielders. A batsman may score runs in a few matches, and a bowler may take wickets in a few matches. One must realize that the importance of a fielder is present in every match.

This leads to players working towards becoming all-rounder players. They are those players which have a decent command on both the skills, batting, and bowling. Such players are very crucial to the team, as they perform the task of two players while holding one spot in the team. 

Jadeja rated ‘Most Valuable Player’ by Wisden

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was named as the country’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) of the 21st century by Wisden. Jadeja’s contribution to his team has been noteworthy with the ball, bat, and while fielding. Wisden used CricViz, a detailed analysis tool in cricket to analyze his performance. This is surely a proud moment for our country, as our players have made our nation proud yet again.

Jadeja’s MVP rating was an astounding 97.3, second only to Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan and thus making him the second most valuable Test player of the 21st century. It is most certainly one of the most remarkable feats to achieve by an Indian player.

“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 tells Wisden.