India vs Australia 2013: Ravindra Jadeja feels two-ball rule doesn't play a huge role

Ravindra Jadeja opined that the nature of the pitch plays a bigger role in case of spinners © Getty Images (File Photo)

Oct 26, 2013

In the ongoing One-Day international series played between India and Australia, bowlers from both sides have been taken to task with five of the seven completed innings having seen teams scoring over 300 runs. However, Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is of the opinion that the use of new white ball at each end in ODIs hasn’t contributed to the bowlers’ misery.

“I don’t think that [two balls in an innings] has made the difference. But yes, we spinners have to make some adjustments,” Jadeja was quoted as saying by Times of India.

The ace Indian all-rounder opined that the nature of the pitch plays a bigger role in case of spinners.

 “If we get help from the wicket, then it doesn’t matter whether it’s an old or new ball. It’s all up to the wicket. If the wicket is spinner-friendly, you would get turn, be it in Australia or India,” he stated.

Jadeja made it clear that he didn’t make any significant adjustments to his repertoire to adapt to the new rule, which came into play recently.

“It depends on the match situation rather than any new rule,” he opined.

“The only thing is, with a five-fielder restriction inside the circle in non-powerplay overs, you have to take a call on how to place them to suit your bowling. Sometimes you might even be tempted to put six fielders inside the circle, but that’s a call a spinner has to take carefully,” he said.

The 24-year-old, who is enjoying the humdinger of a One-Day international (ODI) series, said he always believed it was going to be a fascinating contest.

“When two top teams are playing and are motivated to do well, it is always going to be exciting,” he stated.

Australia leads the current ODI series 2-1, with the fourth match at Ranchi having been washed out and Saturday’s fifth ODI is likely to be abandoned as Cuttack has been hit by cyclone.