Amid the lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak, the players and fans are keeping themselves busy by interacting on social media and surfing their interests. Former players and the current stalwarts of game are spending a good amount of time by conducting question answer sessions on twitter and other social media platforms.
Recently, during an interactive session on Twitter, a fan asked former Australian Spinner Brad Hogg to name the best fielder India has ever produced. The fan also gave Hogg four choices in the form of Jadeja, Yuvi, Raina and Kohli. The fan posted on twitter “@Brad_Hogg Which fielder would be in your choice the best that Indian cricket has ever produced – Ravindra Jadeja, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina or Virat Kohli??”
In the modern Cricket fitness is becoming as important for selection as anything. A fit player can play, field better than his counterparts. Fit players like Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson play an important role while fielding in the outfield.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) April 13, 2020
Brad Hogg, who is as witty a customer as one can, came up with a diplomatic reply as he tweeted back, “All four are brilliant, would love to bowl having them all in the inner ring, but Jadeja for me. #hoggytime” While terming the all four a brilliant set of fielders inside the ring, Hogg picked Jadeja as the best of the four.
Compared to the early 2000’s, the Current Indian team have improved their fielding quite a lot, all thanks to the duo of Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh. The duo set the tone in the early 2000’s that was carried forward by the likes of Raina and Virat Kohli in the 2010’s. But Jadeja’s fielding stands apart from all those for the fielding standard he has set in the field. Apart from the all-round skills with bat and ball, Jadeja is an outstanding Indian fielder with a good throwing arm and quick feet.
With the rise of limited overs cricket in the form of One-day internationals and T20, the modern Cricket has changed a lot. These formats have changed the complexion of the games with batsmen becoming more dangerous, bowlers becoming cleverer, fitness becoming more important and fielding becoming one of the most required skillsets.