Former India Head Coach Ravi Shastri has shared a very interesting chat he once had with talented India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, which he credits to transforming the player as well. Ravindra Jadeja has been in sublime form in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023. India are already leading the four-match Test series against Australia by 2-0 as well and in both Tests, Jadeja played a key role to engineer India’s victory as well.
While recalling this, Shastri said: “I think he is hungry, he is supremely fit. He is very passionate about the sport. I remember not too many conversations, but it was at Lord’s in the 2019 tour. He didn’t play that game. It was a conversation that happened. We had a chat, Bharat Arun was there, the bowling coach as well. We said, you have got everything in you, just focus on that batting of yours.”
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“Work a little harder in that area in the nets because you have got the game, you have the talent and it’s weird telling you that you have got that talent. It is for you to realise that you have got that talent. You believe that you have got the talent”, the 60-year-old said while speaking in an episode of the ICC Review.
The former India player also stated that all Bharat Arun and he had to do was just instigate Ravindra Jadeja to realise the potential he had as well.
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“Once he got the opportunity later, he has not looked back, having got runs in crucial stages, in trying conditions and then of course, with the ball, he does his job. That’s why in overseas conditions it becomes a nightmare for a coach to pick a spinner. If you have to pick only one, then it is a nightmare. Look at Ashwin’s record and then you have Jadeja, it becomes tough,” said Ravi Shastri.