Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja (Getty images)

Since the emergence of wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja has fallen off the radar in limited-overs cricket. The success of the wristpinners means Jadeja has been reduced to a Test specialist and that too, on surfaces which are helpful to spinners.

After watching the proceedings from the team’s dressing room for the first four Tests against England, Jadeja finally broke into the playing XI at Kennington Oval on Friday. He was impressive, complemented the efforts of his team’s pacers and landed two timely blows as well.

His last limited-overs match for India was over a year ago. However, the 29-year-old hasn’t lost hope and believes that should he get more game time, he will surely rediscover his touch of old and become a regular member across formats.

“Playing for India is a big motivation,” Jadeja said at the post-match conference after the end of the opening day’s play. “I will do well at some point and maybe I will again start playing all the three formats. My job is to convert all the opportunities into performances. When you play just one format, it gets difficult as there’s a big gap between matches and there’s limited international experience [you can draw upon]. You have to keep yourself motivated. I have to put my abilities to full use whenever I get opportunities.”

He is also eyeing the allrounder’s role saying since he has found success on that front previously in his career, there’s no doubt he can replicate it.

“I want to be a trusted member of this team and can fill the allrounder spot. I want to do well in both the departments and I have done this in the past too. It’s more about time – the more I play at international level, the touch of old will soon return,” Jadeja, who returned figures of 2/57 on Day 1, said.

Explaining the role of a spinner in pace-friendly conditions, Jadeja said, “When fast bowlers are on top, especially in English conditions, the role of a spinner is to not give boundaries. Batsman will generally target the spin bowler. Even today, I kept just one fielder each at mid-off and point. My aim was to bowl on the leg stumps and not give boundaries through the cover region.”