The legendary fast bowler said that Jadeja would have to justify the enormous amount of money spent by Chennai Super Kings for acquiring his services while Kohli would feel the heat to continue his rich vein of form.
Jadeja was bought by the Chennai outfit for a whopping $2 million (Rs 9.8 crore). The Saurashtra all-rounder previously represented the Rajasthan Royals.
“IPL-5 will tell us how much Ravindra Jadeja has evolved as a cricketer. He started promisingly on the Australian tour but faded out. He may have talent but he now has to justify the price that Chennai paid to acquire him.
“Jadeja really has to get his act together and the pressure will be enormous,” Akram wrote on ESPNCricinfo.
“At the same time, Virat Kohli will be under pressure to continue his good form. He has been a revelation so far for Indian cricket and deserves all the adulation he is getting on and off the field. Kohli now needs to keep his feet firmly grounded and enforce the belief that he is India captaincy material,” he added.