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IPL 2014: Ravindra Jadeja says batsmen take chances in T20 cricket

Ravindra Jadeja has not had to do much with the bat yet in IPL 7 © IANS
Ravindra Jadeja has not had to do much with the bat yet in IPL 7 © IANS

New Delhi: May 6, 2014

Ravindra Jadeja has been consistently performing with the ball for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and the all-rounder says his mantra to success is to bowl in good areas and mix up the deliveries.

Stating that a bowler always adjusts according to the given conditions, Jadeja said, “If the ball is turning then that is one way of bowling and if there is no turn then it is a different ball game. I try to bowl dot balls and bowl in the good areas and mix my deliveries. Vary the pace and at times bowl outside the off-stump.”

Jadeja was the most economical bowler with figures of 4-0-23-1 for the Super Kings against Delhi Daredevils (DD), who ended up posting a competitive 178 for five.

Although he conceded 13 runs in his second over, the left-arm spinner dismissed Murali Vijay when handed the ball again and bowled a miserly second spell. “After giving away those runs in the second over I was only thinking about not bowling any loose deliveries in my next over. From the end I was bowling it had a shorter boundary,” Jadeja told IPL’s official website.

“This is T20 cricket and they were going to take their chances. I was thinking of not bowling to their strength. My effort was to try and bowl where the batsman can’t hit the big shots and luckily I was able to bowl in right areas,” he said.

Speaking about the dismissal of Vijay, Jadeja said, “He hits well over midwicket and mid-on in the slog overs so I thought of bowling to him outside off-stump. If he hits a good shot then there is nothing much I can do.”

Jadeja said the Super Kings were expecting to restrict Daredevils to 160-165. “When DD were 108 for three and lost a couple of wickets at the score of 120, we thought of restricting them to 160-165 runs. We also knew that the boundary is a bit small and there is dew and it was drizzling also so we would benefit while chasing,” he said.

The Super Kings’ top-order is having a dream run at the ongoing IPL-7 but Jadeja says he is prepared to score some quick runs whenever he is needed to. “I put in extra time in the nets. Considering that there could be a situation where I am needed to score 15-17 runs off the last over, I should be ready,” said Jadeja.

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