Mumbai: Andrew Symonds was once sledged by the Englishmen for being in the Australian team simply because of his fielding ability and not for bowling or batting. Currently, there is a player in the Indian team who appears to be in the team simply for his fielding rather than bowling or batting - Ravindra Jadeja.
Since Jadeja's million dollar deal (Rs 9.72 crore approximately) for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League on February 4, he has failed to hit the high notes in key roles to save the game against Sri Lanka in Perth on February 8 when he bowled a tidy 10-over spell of one for 41 and followed it up with an unbeaten 24 that helped India coast to a four-wicket win.
In the big loss to Australia here on Sunday night, the left-armer did not even get a bowl and when he got a chance to shine with the bat, he got out trying to hit out despite a well-set MS Dhoni at the other end. Coming in to bat at 82 for five with 28 overs still to be bowled, it was ideal chance for him to bat until the 50th over.