Twenty20 is not a threat to Test cricket, says Ravindra Jadeja

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first_imgRavindra Jadeja is plying his trade for the Indian Premier League newbie Gujarat Lions this season. The all-rounder, who is playing for the franchise from his home state, is skipper Suresh Raina’s go-to-man.Jadeja, who has been consistent in T20s, said the shortest format of the game has had no effect of the cricketers’ skills as the players, these days, are well-trained to shift gears whenever required. (Full IPL coverage) He rubbished the purists’ concern that T20s were accelerating the downfall of Test cricket.”Players adapt to the situation very quickly and I don’t think there would be any negative impact on players because of limited-overs cricket,” Jadeja said after his team side’s seven-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiants in Rajkot yesterday. (Also read: MS Dhoni blames pacers for Pune’s poor show against Gujarat) Raina’s men outclassed Dhoni and Co. at home after chasing down a competitive 164 with Brendon McCullum (49) and Aaron Finch (50) being the star performers with the bat. Jadeja was all praise for their team’s superstar openers.”Finch and McCullum are power-hitters and they gave us a flying start by adding 85 runs in less than nine overs that eased the pressure on the middle-order batsmen,” Jadeja said.Finch and McCullum notched up 85 runs for the opening wicket. Finch made 50 off 36 balls with seven fours and two sixes while McCullum scored a 31-ball 49 with three fours and three sixes.Jadeja said the openers made sure that there was no need for the batsmen who followed to go for big shots.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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