Ace India left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja hasn’t had the best of times in national colours in the recent past. While he was a part of India’s Test squad in South Africa, the all-rounder had to bide his time while sitting on the sidelines for the entirety of that tour owing to the nature of wickets in the Rainbow nation. However, Jadeja revealed that he was far from worried about his campaign with Team India, and that he was just getting ready to display his cricketing prowess in the upcoming IPL 2018 season, as the veteran was suggested by his IPL 2018 franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain, MS Dhoni.
Ravindra Jadeja has also been out of the reckoning in the One-day and T20 format with the team management opting to go with the wrist spin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. In fact, he last played an ODI game for India in July last year and has been on the fringes ever since. To add to his woes, the Saurashtra player hasn’t been able to pick up a single wicket in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, the domestic 50-over competition. His figures in the tournament read 0/43, 0/59, 0/39 and 0/16.
Ravindra Jadeja ‘satisfied’ with his cricket
Compare these figures with what Chahal and Kuldeep have done in the ODI series in South Africa and you realise that it is highly unlikely that Jadeja will be seen in India’s blue anytime soon. However, Ravindra Jadeja, who is ranked third in ICC Test rankings is anything but distressed.
“If I am satisfied with the way I have bowled, I do not think much about other things. If I am executing my plans, I am happy,” he told the New Indian Express.
The 29-year-old was in sublime form with the bat for Saurashtra in their Group D encounter of the Vijay Hazare, against Jharkhand on Sunday (February 11). Having suffered a side-strain while bowling, Ravindra Jadeja had to cut short his spell with the ball and instead decided to drop anchor during his team’s stiff run chase of 330 against Ishan Kishan’s side. Coming in at Number 4 after the fall of veteran Robin Uthappa’s wicket, Jadeja struck the second List A century of his career and took his team home from there.
“The pain was unbearable sometimes while playing certain shots. But this was really important for my self-confidence. It is morale boosting. To chase the target (330) under the circumstances is really special for me,” Ravindra Jadeja said after the match in Secunderabad.
Ravindra Jadeja also revealed that he had a detailed discussion with former captain MS Dhoni before the ace stumper’s departure for South Africa. Asked what his plans are to wear the ‘blue’ again, he said:
“I am quite happy with the way I am bowling. In fact, I am focusing more on my batting now. I do not want to be a player who is known for hitting those 20-odd runs. I want to play the anchor role, just like I did today.”
MS Dhoni tells Ravindra Jadeja to brace for IPL 2018
Explaining the nature of his discussion with Dhoni, Jadeja said that the former Indian captain has asked him to work on his batting and think like a proper top-order batsman as he does have the required talent and ability to bat at any position in the batting-order.
“Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) told me that I will get batting opportunities in the IPL this year. He said that I have the ability of a proper batsman, and I am not the flash in the pan type of batsman. And I should think like that. It was really encouraging for me. So, I am concentrating more on the batting aspect of my game and trying to get used to playing the anchor role,” he said.
It must be noted that Ravindra Jadeja had been retained by the reinstated Chennai Super Kings ahead of the IPL auction this year and will turn out for the franchise alongside long-time colleagues like MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina in the upcoming edition of the tournament.