IPL 2021 – Aakash Chopra

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He now has the confidence, skills and ability to scare bowlers

Chennai needed 26 from the last 12 balls. They had lost MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina in the 18th over. The odds were stacked in favor of the bowling team, the Kolkata Knight Riders. In went Ravindra Jadeja to smash two sixes and two fours in the 19th round.

The balls he picked and the shots he played reflected his abilities. He has two primary scoring methods and areas against pace: getting the right leg out of the way and targeting the region between long-on and square play; and from the same position, flay wide yorkers through the point-third region. The two sixes in this game were in the former area, and the two fours in the latter. You rarely see him go over covers or long-offs, or play scoop over the short-legged leg field.

About a week later, in the match against Rajasthan Royals, in the 20th over, he decided to go down on one knee before Mustafizur Rahman had released the ball and played two daring shots aimed at the vacant field on the side. Of course, Jadeja could predict Mustafizur’s plan from the field, but his audacity in attempting these shots spoke volumes about his belief in his abilities.


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