India captain Virat Kohli on Sunday heaped praised on Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round abilities and said the Saurashtra cricketer is "precious" and takes "great balance" to the side, especially in Test matches.
Jadeja scored an unbeaten 70 off 85 balls in the first innings and then grabbed five wickets in Sri Lanka's second innings to help India beat the hosts by an innings and 53 runs.
And seal the three-match series. His efforts also gained him the play-of-the-match accolade. Referring to Jadeja Virat said, "Guys who have both abilities are really uncommon to see. That's where we believe they're real precious, especially in the longer format because they provide you with great symmetry.
Jadeja can give you a very quick 60-70 anywhere at whatever phase of the game, it can really move around the game.
Remember Lord's, remember Dharamsala against Australia, those are very important innings, the 90 against England in Mohali." Kohli said Jadeja brings great value to the side in all departments of the game.
He has the ability, he believes in it and he's worked extra hard in the last 10-12 months on his batting also.
Kohli continued, He's bowled so much that the other discipline was left behind, only now he's catching up with that as well. It's simply going to do good to him. If he doesn't bowl well on a picky day, he can score runs. One time he makes runs, then he gets confidence with the ball too. He's always in the game, his fielding as well. I would say he's a very valuable cricketer for us, the captain said.
Still, India will badly miss Jadeja's services in the third and final Test starting Saturday in Pallekele, after the ICC slapped the all-rounder with a one-match ban and a fine for dangerous play.
Jadeja was found guilty of dangerous play after he had the ball at opener Dimuth Karunaratne off his own bowling when the batter was in the line. The ball narrowly missed him in a manner which the on- field umpires determined as "dangerous", the ICC said in a release.