Ravindra Jadeja was India’s standout performer throughout this Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He took 23 wickets in this series apart from two crucial fifties with the bat, which came at the very important time. Meanwhile, Jadeja has named the man of the match and man of the series for his outstanding show, who said “Very good to be the No. 1 Test bowler” during post-match presentation.
He was very instrumental with both bat and ball in last two matches of this series as he scored the fifties in both matches at a crucial moment in the match. In Dharamshala, his 63 came at a time, when India was struggling to get past Australia’s first innings total.
“And being part of this champion Test side. When I batted, I was thinking to take my time and then Matthew Wade chirped from behind. That motivated me. If I can respond to him with runs, it will be great. Coaches and captain have been telling me I have the skill to bat long. I developed as a player overall,” he said.
Ravindra Jadeja ended this home season on a high note. When this home season was started, Jadeja was the second fiddle of India’s spin bowling, but now he has stepped ahead to take even more responsibilities when his partner Ravichandran Ashwin was not at his best.
The southpaw added “Some time ago people didn’t consider me a Test bowler. This season is a good response to them. Ashwin and I maintain pressure from both ends. The variation of off-spinner and left-arm spinner also works well. Hopefully, we can continue this outside India too.”
Asked what will be his celebration, when getting a century. “I will try to get to a hundred next time, and celebrate with two bats as swords,” he replied.
India has won the Dharamshala Test by eight wickets and pocketed Border-Gavaskar Trophy by 2-1.