Jadeja who missed the first two games this IPL season due to a finger injury he incurred in the test series against Australia is finally ready to play his first IPL game this season on April 14.
The star-all rounder’s comeback will surely boost the morale of Gujarat Lions (GL) after their disappointing losses in the initial games played against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders. Both the matches saw GL struggling in the bowling department and were just able to take a single wicket in total. While SRH restricted their batsmen to a low score which they chased down easily in the first game, KKR started a blistering counter-attack in the next game to gain 10-wicket victory.
— The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 12, 2017
Jadeja has proven his worth as an all-rounder in the previous editions of IPL. Before he was bought by Gujarat Lions, the slow left-arm orthodox bowler was a crucial player for Chennai Super Kings. Other than providing the balance in bowling, Jadeja is an excellent fielder and under-rated batsman.
His best performance till date came against Deccan Chargers in the 2012 IPL season. Jadeja played an all-rounder's innings in the match. With his solid 48-run knock, CSK sky-rocketed to 193 after 20 overs. Jadeja then continued his attack on the Chargers and struck their batsmen with his savage spell of 6-15 and handsomely took CSK to the gates of victory.
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— The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 3, 2017
Suresh Raina regretted the absence of both Bravo and Jadeja who are key players for the Gujarat Lions and can be considered the root cause of their disappointing performances. Batsmen though made a comeback in the second game, but a poor bowling spell again oppressed the Lions and handed them their second loss in two games.
Jadeja’s experience and skill which was definitely missing in the first two matches has the potential to strengthen their bowling attack as well as their power the team in the batting department. With Brad Hodge’s confirmation of Jadeja’s comeback in the next game and Bravo’s inclusion in the playing XI, they surely have great hopes to roar and make a mark against Pune and finally open their account in IPL 10.