Ravindra Jadeja Taking Every Match As An Opportunity
By CricShots - Feb 9, 2018 7:25 am
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Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja reckons that he doesn’t need to prove his cricketing skills to anyone. During a recent conversation with Sportstarlive, he said, “I don’t want to look at myself as someone who is on a comeback trail. There is nothing more to prove, being second highest wicket-taker in 2017 from India with 54 victims. All I look for is to give off my best whenever I get a chance.”

Ravindra Jadeja

Talking about the competition in Team India, Jadeja said, “It is really tough to make it to the Indian team. But, at the same time, it is also good to have healthy competition. This is good for Indian cricket. It will make you push your limits and keep improving as a complete cricketer. You have to pull up your socks or else you will stay where you are.”

When asked about his future goals, Jaddu replied, “Definitely, to be in the Indian team at the earliest is my biggest goal now. The wrist spinners are doing a wonderful job in one-dayers. For them, two variations — the one that spins away and the one that comes back to the batsman — come naturally. It is more difficult for the finger spinners and not easy on every wicket. But, it doesn’t mean it is the end of the road for bowlers like me.”

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Jadeja revealed that he working more on his batting skills as well, as he is looking to add some more strokes to his armory. He said, “There is always scope to work on my all-around skills. I will have to try and do well for myself, not for anyone else. Yes, I am aware that it is another fresh challenge to perform really well in every event I compete — be it Vijay Hazare Trophy, IPL or any tournament that I play. I don’t take pressure by thinking too much. I look at every single match as a huge opportunity. I am confident about my skills.”

Commenting on off-spinner R. Ashwin trying out leg-spin in the upcoming IPL, Jadeja felt it was important to have the surprise element in one’s package. He said, “You need to be smart, innovative and have the variations to do something different to keep the batsmen guessing.”