While Ravindra Jadeja is not exactly the next Sachin Tendulkar and has definitely had a bad performance, the reason for standing up for his defence is three fold
1. I don’t like witchhunts
There is a witch hunt on here with the poor lad being fried by all and sundry, like the heretics persecuted by the Catholic Church in the middle ages (also known as the dark ages)
2. The witch hunt diverts attention from real issues
The issue of our premier batsmen unable to play really good fast bowling. India were 50/7 in 10.3 overs against Australia and 38/3 in 7 overs to significantly dent any chances of chasing totals in excess of 8.5 runs per over.
3. It’s a team game and you can’t attribute defeat to one person (bar the captain)
Harbhajan has an Econ rate of 5.5 so far but is yet to take a wicket in the world cup. Nehra is going at 7.00 and Pathan, Chawla, Zak and Jadeja are all doing 9+ rpo.
There is no need to get this emotional and stone one poor kid as the fall guy. Just move on.
BTW, India is still not out of the world cup. The way Australia is playing, WI will have to work hard to win. India need to beat SLA by just 20 runs. And the matches are in St Lucia where India (and SLA) will be quite comfortable.