Ravindra Jadeja admitted that he spent his time in the yellow jersey working on his batting skills and shot selection. The efforts bore result when Jadeja played a lone knock of 54 in India’s seven-wicket loss to New Zealand in their first warm-up fixture.
The left-handed all-rounder was the only positive heading out of the game for the Men In Blue. Jadeja went on to comment about the innings which steered the team towards a respectable total during the post-match presentation. He said:
“When I went to bat, I realized there were a lot of overs and was keen on utilizing them. I decided to play cautiously to start with and that helped make batting easier as the innings progressed,”
“I have been working on my batting all through the IPL, and even during matches sometimes I go, have a bat and work on the basics like shot selection.”
Jadeja also had a say on the conditions and the pitch which took the team by surprise. He added:
“The conditions were like the typical English conditions and it was difficult to bat on initially. But, hopefully, as the World Cup progresses we will get wickets with lesser green cover.”
“There is nothing to worry about for the Indian team as the batsmen are experienced and will eventually come good.”
“When you come to England, especially from India and right after the IPL that too, it takes time to adjust to the new conditions. There is nothing to worry about and our batsmen our experienced enough to tackle this going forward.”
Ravindra Jadeja has clearly made a huge statement and will have a crucial role in the World Cup having found success during his maiden visit to England. Jadeja was crowned as the winner of the golden ball after the victorious Champions League 2013 campaign.
The all-rounder has now honed his skills as a batsman as well to justify his cause for a place in the playing XI for the fixtures ahead.