Ravindra Jadeja proved his claim for a position in the playing eleven after topping the list of most runs saved by a player in the ongoing World Cup. Jadeja has saved 41 runs in just two matches, overtaking nine other players who have played eight or nine matches to top the list. Jadeja beat Martin Guptill (34) by eight runs to top the list of most runs saved by a player.
The all-rounder made it to the playing eleven in the contest against Sri Lanka, where he played a crucial role with the ball for the Men in Blue, bowling an economical spell. Jadeja finished his spell with figures of 1/40 in his 10 overs at an economy rate of 4.00. In the semi-final contest against New Zealand, Jadeja's spell of 10 overs concluded with 34 runs and one wicket at an economy rate of 3.40.
Jadeja came into the spotlight right after the semi-final game commenced on the reserve day, by picking up a direct hit to get rid of the troublesome Ross Taylor. In the following over, he took another brilliant catch in the deep to dismiss Tom Latham.
Jadeja has also played cameos as substitutes on more than one occasions during India's group stage matches, where he has taken spectacular catches. The all-rounder is one of the best fielders for the Men in Blue in addition to being a valuable bowling option.
Jadeja had been criticized earlier by former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar who called the all-rounder a 'bits-and-pieces' cricketer following which Jadeja lashed out at Manjrekar. He has proved the Indian commentator wrong on multiple occasions during his two outings for the Men in Blue.