Ravindra Jadeja , elated after his six wicket haul against South Africa revealed that his recipe for success was rather simple and that he just tried to use the ‘rough’ areas to the left-handers and the corridor outside the off stump with the right-handers. He went on to rate AB de Villiers’s wicket as the most crucial of them.
“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.
Jadeja’s good show means that chances of Ravichandran Ashwin making it into the playing XI during the next series in New Zealand also looks pretty bleak.
“I only found out on Day one of the Test, ahead of the toss that I am playing,” said Jadeja, of his first inclusion in the Indian XI in an overseas Test match.
India had delayed taking the second new ball on his account, but that could be crucial on the fourth morning.
“You will have to ask the captain that,” Jadeja said, smiling, when asked if India would take it straight-away.
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