The veteran Indian all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja, who played a crucial role in India’s crucial win in a humdinger against the West Indies, says all he tries to do every time he takes to the cricket field is to give his best and contribute to the team’s win. On Sunday evening, Jadeja played an unbeaten knock of 39 runs as India chased down a decent target of 316 with four wickets in hand and won the three-match series 2-1.
Talking about the same during the post-match presentation, Jadeja said, “Whenever I get an opportunity, I try and give my best. I need to prove to myself that I am still capable of playing limited-overs cricket. I don’t have to prove it to anyone else in the world. I try and give my best whether it’s bowling, fielding or batting.”
At the Barabati, Jadeja proved his worth as an all-rounder as he bowled a decent spell of 10-0-54-1 and later on, he added 57 runs for the 6th wicket with the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli which helped the team their 10th consecutive series win over the Windies, having walked into the run-chase right after India lost 3 for 40.
Talking about his performance further, Jadeja said, “We lost three wickets in the middle and that happens in ODI cricket. Once you get a good start with the openers, it can happen that middle-order batsman gets out cheaply. We knew the wicket is good and that we can chase the target. I think it was a very crucial innings that I played. It was the series decider. When I came to the crease, I was looking to play with Virat (Kohli). The wicket was very good to bat upon. It was imperative to play according to the ball.”
Describing his partnership with skipper Kohli, who anchored the chase, Jadeja said that he talking with the skipper that the wicket is so good. He also said that Kohli told him to just be there at the crease as he is looking to finish the game and even after Virat ‘s dismissal, he asked Jadeja to play normal cricket and not do anything silly.
After Kohli got out at his individual score of 85, India needed 30 runs off 29 balls and with no recognized batsman in the dressing room, all Jadeja did was reminding himself to stay till the last ball. However, Shardul Thakur played a praise-worthy cameo of 17 — which came off just six balls — as the hosts crossed the line with eight balls to spare.
Jadeja concluded, “After Virat got out, I kept telling myself that I need to play till the last ball. When Shardul came in, I told him to just bat properly, not play silly shots, and look to time the ball. The wicket was so good and the ball was coming on so nicely. In both ODIs and T20Is, many chances were dropped. We have a young unit. In the next series we will focus more on the fielding bit.”