Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Oct 2018 11:45:59

IT IS THE burning desire that makes all the difference. That is the bitter lesson that Ravindra Jadeja learnt from his 442 days of hibernation from the national team. And when opportunity came knocking at his door after the 15-month long period, he grabbed it with both hands and made the most of it, not only for himself, personally, but also for the team. For it was his all-round performance that made all the difference for the team ultimately winning the Asia Cup. 

For a player who was at the top, along with Ravichandran Aswhin, as the core of Indian bowling attack and topped the international bowling charts and made useful contributions with the bat at the lower end of India’s batting, such a long absence from main stream of international cricket must have been an agonising experience. But it was the burning desire to make a comeback that kept Ravindra Jadeja in high hopes and good spirits, which ultimately paid dividends.

And when he returned to the team in the Asian Cup he immediately made the impact with a 4-wicket haul against Bangladesh in the super-4 stage and later in the final when almost single-handedly won the game with his last ball stroke, winning accolades from stand-in captain and coach Ravi Shastri.

With this knock, probably Ravindra Jadeja has improved his chances for being in the scheme of things for forthcoming World Cup. Rohit Sharma is convinced that all-rounder Jadeja has proved himself right rather than anyone else with his impressive performance, further saying that he is much better than before. Probably the intermission has done a lot of good to him. But then it is Jadeja to make the opportunity count for the future. He has the burning desire and he has to remain in that frame of mind all the time.

But then how many of the emerging, young players make the most of the openings they get. Despite oodles talent most young players fail to cement their places in the national team for want of consistency and failure to do justice to their own talent. As a result they disappear as quickly as they appear on the horizon. Their performances in the domestic circuit becomes inconsequential and stand them in no good stead.

This makes the task of the selectors, the captain and coach difficult because their plans to raise the bench strength go haywire and become the cause of instability. Indian selectors have given umpteen chances to talented players like Rishabh Pant, Ambati Raidu, Manish Pande and several others so as to raise bench strength in preparation of the forthcoming World Cup. But these young guns have not lived upto their reputations It is clear that some of them lack big stage temperament which is so essential at higher level of cricket.