Paul Farbrace, England's assistant coach, has said that Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is a very dangerous cricketer for the opposition and stated that he is glad the all-rounder didn't feature earlier in the series.
Farbrace has only added fuel the widespread opinion that Ravindra Jadeja should've played way lot more in the ongoing series and probably even more than off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya.
While that's something that nobody can help now, but Ravindra Jadeja didn't certainly let go the opportunity to make a statement. He followed his 4/79 in the first innings with a magnificent innings of 86 on Day 3 at The Oval. Jadeja now is amongst the best Test players around the world and deserves praise for the sheer hardwork and perseverance with which he has climbed up the ladder.
Farbrace, having seen Jadeja led India's spirited comeback in the game, said, “There was a chance dropped before that last partnership got going, but to be fair to Jadeja, he played magnificently well. He’s an exceptional cricketer, a dangerous cricketer – with bat, ball and in the field – we would probably be reasonably happy he’s only just played in this last game."
"He’s a fantastic cricketer and he showed that again today – dangerous with the ball, gets important wickets, brilliant in the field and a high-quality batter." he added.
Talking about Alastair Cook, who is batting 46* in the last innings of his career and is only a hundred mark away from being the fifth highest run-getter in Test Cricket history, Farbrace said, “It’d be fantastic, wouldn’t it, if he was to get to a hundred? I think he’s just enjoying milking all the applause he’s getting. It’s just driving him on to bat as long as he possibly can." and added, “He’s shown everything that he’s about so far in this game. He’s just got stuck in, and it’s not easy out there, but he looks as though he’s really enjoying the scrap.”
On Cook's contribution to English Cricket, Farbrace further added, "The calming influence he has among the team, the staff, everybody … is something we’ll all miss when he’s not in the dressing room. He seems to have the respect of everybody, and everyone is very comfortable talking to him. He’s got a very down-to-earth way, that cheeky sense of humour – and people find themselves being drawn to him,”
(Inputs from Hindustan Times)