Ravindra Jadeja took five-wicket haul on Day 1 of the first Test versus Australia. © AFP
Ravindra Jadeja was the celebrity for India versus Australia on Day 1 of the very first Test inNagpur Jadeja took 5 for 47 on his worldwide return with the valued scalps of Marnus Labuschagne and also Steve Smith as Australia handled just 177 in their very first innings on the opening day of the Border-Gavaskar collection. At stumps, Rohit Sharma’s counter-attacking 56 not out placed India in full command with hosts finishing the day at 77 for one and also routing by 100 runs. Jadeja, in a post-match interview, included that when Smith and also Labuschagne included 84 runs for the 3rd gate, damaging the collaboration was uppermost on his mind.
“They were searching for runs and it wasn’t easy to rotate the strike and get runs off each ball. (So they) also started trying different things. And once they had a partnership, I thought, I should bowl as many dot balls as possible consistently. (The) pitch wasn’t offering turn, so (I) had to bowl (in) good areas and maintain good line and length to break the stand,” he claimed.
Only intended to return when 100 percent fit
Jadeja was provisionally selected for the Test collection versus Bangladesh in December in 2015 yet he claimed that he just intended to return when he was completely healthy and also had the self-confidence back.
“It was (a) difficult (phase) as I have missed a lot of cricket in the last five months, missed important tournaments (Asia Cup and World T20). Rehabs are tough for players and even tougher is to keep the level of performance post rehab. You need that confidence and there are always doubts that (whether) post injury your performance will remain the same or not,” he claimed.
“My motivation was to get fit as quickly as possible as I had already spent five months away from cricket and I wanted to be 100 per cent fit, so it took me some more time. The doubt that I wanted to clear is whether or not I am able to give that 100 per cent in match situation.”
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