Ravindra Jadeja recollects the declining phase of his career

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who is now the Indian teams’ first-choice spinning all-rounder in all three formats, had lost his place in the side to Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in limited-overs cricket and R Ashwin in Tests after Champions Trophy 2017.
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Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (Photo | PTI)

Jadeja is one of the most complete players in world cricket today. He can win matches for his team by contributing to all three departments. He can score quick runs, take crucial wickets and create magic with his electric fielding. Jadeja has been in splendid form in recent years and provides a great balance to his team.

However, after the Champions Trophy final, selectors lost their faith in him and eventually,  he lost his place in the side. For tests, India trusted R Ashwin as their first choice spinner which meant that Jadeja was travelling with the team but was not getting any opportunity to play.

Jadeja recalled that time of his career where he thought about comeback to the team

“Honestly, those one-and-a-half years were filled with sleepless nights,” Jadeja spoke to The Indian Express. “Through that phase, I remember I would be up till 4-5 am. I would be thinking about what to do, how am I going to bounce back? I couldn’t sleep. I would be lying down but jaaga hi rehta tha (would remain awake).”

“I was in the Test squad but not playing as we played a lot overseas. I wasn’t playing ODIs. I wasn’t playing domestic too as I would be travelling with the Indian team though not playing. I wasn’t getting any opportunity to prove myself. I would keep thinking about how I am going to come back,” added Jadeja.

Jadeja was the Most Valuable Player for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League 2021, where he contributed as a batsman, bowler and fielder. He is expected to make an international comeback in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand on 18 June. He sustained a thumb fracture in the 3rd test against Australia in January this year.

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