Jadeja, not the average No.7

Ravindra Jadeja's freakish burst of run-scoring with two 300-plus scores in four Ranji matches this season to become the only Indian to score three triple hundreds in all has come amidst a glut of big scores in the Ranji Trophy. Already, Kedar Jadhav has made a triple ton for Maharashtra against Uttar Pradesh, in all, there have been nine double hundreds this season. And most pitches have had nothing at all for the bowlers.

But it would be unfair to use this to devalue Jadeja's feat.

Scoring one triple century is hard enough. Scoring two in four matches, and three before the age of 24, suggests an unusual degree of mental endurance. Jadeja has scored seven first class centuries in 41 matches, and crossed 200 five times.

And both of Jadeja's triple tons this season have come in difficult situations. At Surat, Saurashtra had to cross Gujarat's 600 to take the first innings lead. Jadeja walked in at 120 for two and put on 539 with Jogiyani. Against Railways, Saurashtra were 35 for two when Jadeja came in, and 90 for four soon after.

Ever since Shane Warne called him a 'superstar in the making,' Jadeja has earned a lot of money from the IPL.

But contrary to the stereotype, he has made runs and taken wickets in first class cricket, year after year. He has averaged over 50 with the bat and less than 25 with the ball in four out of the last five seasons.

But despite his domestic record making him out to be a different kind of player altogether, he competed with Yusuf Pathan for the No.7 slot in the ODI team. He was a good player, but not the explosive lower-order bat India were looking for.

When Chennai Super Kings made him the the IPL's record signing, they were probably suffering from the same misapprehension.

But now, after that third triple ton, no one should be in any doubt as to what kind of player he is.

Karthik is a senior correspondent based in Delhi

karthik.krishnaswamy@express india.com

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