Ravindra Jadeja’s coach was delighted with his protege’s six wicket haul and assured the all-rounder’s critics that a ten wicket haul was also on its way.
The aggressive tone in his voice could not be missed, especially since he was the stand-out bowler for his side on the day, when the quicker bowlers failed to support him enough.
“I was just trying to bowl in the right areas. There is a rough forming for the left-arm spinner so I was trying to exploit that as well. The odd ball was turning and I was thinking of not giving them any room and bowling stump to stump,” Jadeja said.
When asked specifically, if he missed bowling in tandem with another spinner, given that the pitch is so dry, he deflected the question.
“Wickets back in India are different. You can play two spinners there because there is turn and bounce. Here, we get only foot marks to work with. Also it is very difficult for the spinners with the Kookaburra ball. So I think one spinner is enough in the playing XI,” he replied.
Jadeja inflicted huge damage on the Proteas’ batting line-up, accounting for Graeme Smith, Alviro Petersen, AB de Villiers and later JP Duminy. He struck at difficult times and broke partnerships, proving to be a boon for the Indian team.
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