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'Sir' Jadeja is bowling like Kumble, says Pujara

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Updated: Monday, June 17, 2013, 12:54 [IST]
 
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'Sir' Jadeja bowling like Kumble: Pujara

Bangalore, June 17: "Sir" Ravindra Jadeja jokes have stopped now thanks to his superb performances on the field in the Champions Trophy. The all-rounder has come in for praise from many and the latest in that list is team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara, who compared his bowling to former captain Anil Kumble.

"He (Jadeja) has shades of Anil (Kumble) bhai. Just like Kumble, Jadeja too doesn't turn the ball much but if you are facing him, you have to be ready for some tough times," Pujara was quoted as saying by "The Times of India" on Sunday (June 16).

"He maintains line and length and as a batsman you need to be very careful. There's a similarity between him and Monty Panesar. You need to have patience and wait for the opportunity. That's the biggest test a batsman faces while facing Ravindra." added Pujara, who plays for Saurashtra with Jadeja in the domestic circuit.

On "Sir" jokes, Pujara said that all the fun has motivated Jadeja to be give good performances for the Indian team.

"Initially we would make fun of 'Sir', but I guess he took it positively and look at his performance today. 'Sir' has proved his mettle," he added.

Jadeja is the second highest wicket-taker in the ongoing Champions Trophy with 9 scalps in 3 games. New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan is on top with 11.

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Story first published:  Monday, June 17, 2013, 12:50 [IST]
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