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Most successful number six batsmen for India in ODIs

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Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja was India's designated finisher during the 1990s

The number six slot, which usually belongs to a finisher or an all-rounder, is a key position in any ODI lineup. Not only does he have to score quick runs in the last few overs of the innings, the batsman also has to act as the team's supplement or extra bowler.

In some lineups, the batsman plays as a finisher and assumes the responsibility to take his team to the victory. Australian legends Michael Bevan and Michael Hussey, two of the greatest finishers in ODI history, made a name for themselves with their batting exploits from this spot. Legendary all rounders like Imran Khan also created wonders from the number six position.

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Indian cricket history is full of players who have played some memorable innings from this position. Here are six of the best batsmen who hogged the number six spot for India in ODIs.

#6 Ajay Jadeja

During the mid to late 1990s, Ajay Jadeja was a permanent member of that ODI squad. Along with Robin Singh, he regularly batted in an aggressive manner in the otherwise defensive Indian team. Jadeja, batting in the lower middle-order, was the perfect blend of a steady and attacking batsman.

Batting at number 6 in 43 innings, the right-handed batsman scored 1324 runs at a healthy average of 37.83 and a strike rate of almost 76. Not only did Jadeja achieve his highest individual score of 119 from this spot, he also played the best innings of his career. During his valuable 45 from 25 balls against Pakistan in the 1996 World Cup, he came in at number six and bashed the legendary Waqar Younis all around the stadium.

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