As we are just few days away from the world test championship final. let’s have a look at the role of all-rounders in Test cricket in the contemporary cricket. In today’s context all-rounders bat generally between #6 to #8 in the batting order which means they must play with the tail enders and at certain points of their innings be capable enough to tackle the new ball. From a bowling point of view, they need to fill in some key overs during the second half of the playing session. They play a role of the fourth bowler or the 5th bowler in most teams. We are all aware of the kind of balance a squad gets with an inclusion of an allrounder. It enables a team to strengthen their weaker points which they have identified in their set up.
Considering the context of the India versus New Zealand final, the two all-rounders who would most certainly make it in their respective playing elevens are reviewed below.
Rise of Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja is a key component to any white ball cricket team either ODI’s or T20is. however, one of the biggest evolutions for him as a cricketer has been with the red ball in Test match cricket.
To reemphasize this point he has added more weightage away from home with contributions with the bat which has helped the team to flourish and play with a much more flexible line up. Not to Mention his amazing exploits on the field where he can swing the momentum of a session with his brilliance.
Below visual shares details of Jadeja’s batting averages which have had tremendous amount of improvement over the course of his career. Not only that it will also show you how useful his contributions have been when it comes to performing with the bat on foreign soil. This aspect of his game has also been getting better and better as the visual suggests.
Hence his role in this final Test match find also in the upcoming test series against England will be extremely crucial. His batting & bowling average in the recent seasons have been quite sensational.
CDG’s Steady performances
Colin De Grandhomme (CDG) was originally suited for the limited overs game with his explosive batting style towards the end of the innings. The way he has adapted to Test match cricket and performed as explained below is extremely credible indeed!
Since majority of the time, he is being utilized as the 5th bowling option by New Zealand. There has always been a tendency for opposition batting lineups to relax and take a deep breath. Due to this complacency CDG has picked up crucial wickets over the span of his career. They have very often turned out to be the game changing moments.
When it comes to his aggressive batting, he plays an amazing role along with the lower order, when it comes to getting quick runs before declaration, he becomes a vital resource during such times.
Below visual will show you that with the ball he has been extremely consistent with an average in the mid-30s. He is getting important breakthroughs without conceding too many runs. Similarly, even for his batting ability he has been making vital contributions with a healthy batting average during the span of his career.
Now when we compare both above all-rounders for the final of the world test championship. The below visual will summarize both Jadeja and CDG’s batting and bowling averages which have been described above.
This makes up for a quite delightful contest between the all-rounders. It has a potential of an absolute classic in the final. The question to ask will be will they continue to shine in the manner they have contributed to their respective teams during these 5 days? Well let’s wait & watch, time will tell!