Jess Jonassen and the art of making yourself indispensable

If it was Shafali and Capsie who laid the foundation for DC’s win, it was Jonassen who took on Chinnaswamy with his unorthodox ways and hoisted the DC flag.
Jess Jonassen bats as a finisher. Then she bowls in the death, opening and middle.

Jess Jonassen

Being a finisher and an all-phase spinner are two of the toughest skills to acquire in cricket. If you don’t believe it, try to name an all-rounder who can do both the jobs and do them well.

You will find it difficult.

However, Jonassen can, and she did exactly that today. She is a rarity in women’s cricket, but despite this, Delhi Capitals chose to sit her out for the first two matches of the season. They relied heavily on their all-rounders Alice Capsey and Minnu Mani for spin duties, as well as the left-arm spin of Radha Yadav, who impressed with a four-fer against UP Warriors.


Today, on a pitch where RCB’s spinners gave away 106 runs in just nine overs, Jonason took four wickets for just 21 runs and three quick wickets at the end, ending any chances of a late attack from RCB . His bowling in the death overs today matches how he has bowled in this phase since 2021.

He has bowled almost a third of all his overs in the death overs in the above mentioned time period and has averaged only 10.9 with an economy of 7.7. He has also hit a four on every eight balls.

Meg Lanning knew that Jonassen was so good in the death overs, and hence, once she was in the playing eleven, it was no easy task for her to bowl Jonassen at the crucial moment of the high-scoring chase.

What was most special about Jonassen’s bowling today was his choice of angle and length.

She went over the wicket to the right-handed batsman and bowled the ball outside the leg stump, targeting the batsman’s pad.

In front of her was S Meghna, who struck 127.94 against spinners this season.

However, this time, Meghna neither got the space she would have liked to create by moving away nor the full-length deliveries that allowed her to lift it high above the in-field.

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This was a perfect plan from Lanning, as he introduced Jonassen in the 18th over to bowl two of the remaining three overs. Furthermore, he ensured that he bowled it from the end where the leg side boundary was longer.

It might seem like a counterintuitive plan for a left-arm spinner against a right-handed batsman in the death overs, but RCB’s in-form batsman Meghna could only manage 5 runs off 7 balls, bowled by Jonassen. , before she eventually took the run. Outside.

If you look at the pitch map of Radha, the other left-arm spinner in the game, you will find a huge difference with Jonassen.

Radha conceded runs from the same good length area at a strike rate of 160, while Jonassen’s strike rate when he bowled there was 63.2. Jonassen abandoned the traditional left-arm spinner mode of attack, where he plays right-handed batsmen against the turn. But Radha did not do so and she had to suffer. The main difference between the two spinners was the angle of attack.

Delhi Capitals is the weakest in terms of spinners among all the five teams. They have Poonam Yadav, but they don’t use her. Meanwhile, Lanning decided to play Annabelle Sutherland in the first two matches. However, the number of right-handed players in the RCB lineup might have made Lanning lean towards Jonassen.

Furthermore, Jonassen has produced his best performances in T20Is under Lanning. After 76 innings, his average is just 18.85 and he has given only 5.63 runs per over. Meanwhile, under current captain, Alyssa Healy, their average is almost 6 runs per wicket higher, and their economy is touching 10.

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Unsurprisingly, he not only bowled brilliantly (3/21) but also thrashed the RCB bowlers in the end, scoring 36 runs in just 16 balls at a strike rate of 225.

In the upcoming games at Chinnaswamy and Kotla, there is a high possibility that Jonassen may be backed by Delhi Capitals again to do his job. And why shouldn’t they?

After all, if it was Shafali Verma and Capsie who laid the foundation for this win, it was Jonassen who got the better of Chinnaswamy in his unorthodox ways and changed RCB’s flag to DC’s.

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