The throw offered variable bounce and turn, so I asked the team to declare: Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja could have easily scored a double cent against Sri Lanka on Saturday but the Indian all-rounder sent a message asking for a statement as he wanted his team to exploit the variable rebound and turn the offer.
Jadeja scored a career-high 175 in India with 574 for 8 declared and Sri Lanka were then left faltering at 108 for 4 at the end of the second day of play.
While there was buzz that Jadeja should have had a chance to go for a brace, the cricketer insisted it was the perfect time to declare giving the opposition a session in difficult circumstances.
“I also told them that there was a variable bounce and that the deliveries had started to turn. So I messaged that there was something offered by the band and suggested that we should put them to bat now itself.
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“They were already tired from playing for almost a quarter to two days (five sessions),” said Jadeja, who also collected rival skipper Dimuth Karunaratne’s wicket, after the matchday two game.
“As they were tired, it was not easy to play the big shots right away and hit for long hours. So the plan was to declare quickly and exploit the fatigue of opposing hitters,” he said. he further explained.
In fact, the up-and-down nature of the track helped him knock out Karunaratne, who has been a prolific performer in 2021 and is part of ICC’s Test Team of the Year.
“When I was batting there were some deliveries that were spinning and others that stayed low. There was a natural variation in the box and that was the plan. To keep the ball on the stumps and if we keep it on the strains, it can go straight or also turn away from the same place, and that’s what happened.
“My first ball (to Karunaratne) spun and the second ball I thought I would play on the fourth stump and if it spins or stays low there was always a chance of getting a wicket.”
On his big cent, Jadeja spoke about his mindset of trying to improve every time he plays for India.
“I look to improve my game every time I play for India. When I have the opportunity to score points, I look to implement that opportunity in the performance and so yeah, overall, I am very happy,” he said.
While he has three triple hundreds for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy, Jadeja has no problem hitting at No.7 in the domestic setup and also praised Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant and Mohammed Shami, who have all been involved in more than three hundred stands. .
“I used to hit No 4 for Saurashtra so I had plenty of time to build my innings but here I beat No 7 but Rishabh, Ashwin and Shami all three got me sustained,” he said.
“As a hitter, I give myself time in shot selection and select my shot after analyzing the behavior of the board.”
His improved battering skill at Test level has a lot to do with his calm demeanor.
“The mindset has to change in international cricket and I try to stay calm in pressure situations, so I can maximize my ability and play my natural game.”
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