Ravindra Jadeja (TOI photograph)
NEW DELHI: Flamboyant all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been named as India’s Most worthy Test participant in the 21st century by the Wisden journal.
With an MVP score of 97.3, the 31-year-old Jadeja was additionally rated as the second Most worthy Test participant worldwide, behind solely Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan.
“It has been a dream to play for India and above that when you are rewarded for being the most valuable player, you feel even more blessed,” Jadeja stated.
“Would want to thank all my fans, team-mates, coaches and support staff for their unconditional love and support.”
Jadeja has performed in 49 Tests since making his debut in 2012, scoring 1,869 runs with one century and 14 fifties to his title. He has picked up 213 Test wickets.
Based on analytics offered by CricViz, every participant in world cricket has been awarded an ‘MVP score’ utilizing a statistical mannequin to rank their ‘match impression’ in comparison with their friends.
“It might come as a surprise to see Jadeja…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,” stated CricViz’s Freddie Wilde.
“But Jadeja’s position is based on more than simply volume: it’s what he does when he’s involved that really counts…His batting and bowling average differential of 10.62 runs is the second best of any player this century to have scored more than 1,000 runs and taken 150 wickets.”