New Delhi: Riding on a purple patch, India's Ravindra Jadeja made sure his return to the Indian Test side started with a bang.
The Saurastra player bagged eight wickets in the first Test match against South Africa in Mohali. Jadeja was pivotal for skipper Virat Kohli and ended up being adjudged man-of-the-match. Jadeja took five wickets on Saturday as India won the first Test match by 108 runs.
Jadeja was recalled by the Indian selectors after picking 38 wickets in four Ranji matches for Saurashtra. The left-arm bowler has been a leader of the bowling pack on slow turning tracks. Jadeja in this moment looks to have got his confidence back and his role will be crucial in the remaining three Test matches.
Jadeja's stupendous comeback will please the team management and the selectors. Skipper Kohli said after the match that he is happy for Jadeja. Kohli feels he has come back the hard way and values him as a valuable asset to the team.
Virat : Really happy for Jadeja. He has come back the hard way and is one of the assets for the team.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 7, 2015
Earlier, critics have been hard on the left-arm spinner after the latter's shabby performances in both Tests and ODIs of late. Jadeja was also dropped from both ODIs and T20s for the series against the Proteas.
Since then he has had a remarkable change in fortune. Alongside Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin kept surging ahead. The spin department looks healthy at this moment and Virat Kohli's five-bowler policy should also be commended.