Team India is busy preparing for the tour of England these days. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has also got a place in the team for this important tour. Jadeja was ruled out of the home series against England due to an elbow injury. Meanwhile, Jadeja has remembered the bad times of his career. Before the 2018 tour of England, Jadeja was out of the Indian Test and ODI team for a long time. But that tour changed Jadeja’s fate.
In an interview to Indian Express, Ravindra Jadeja said, ‘To be honest, he slept for a year and a half. In that period, I remember that I used to get up at 4-5 in the morning. I used to think what to do, should I come back? I used to lie down, but would stay awake. I was in Test squad but not playing. I was not playing ODI either. I didn’t even play domestic cricket because of traveling with the Indian team. I was not getting any chance to prove myself. I kept thinking how I would come back.
The 32-year-old Jadeja further said, ‘The Oval Test changed everything for me. My performance, my confidence, everything. When you score against the best bowling unit in English conditions, your confidence increases. It makes you feel that your technique is good enough to score runs anywhere in the world. Later, Hardik Pandya got injured and I returned in ODI. Since then my game is going well. I remember that when I went for batting in the Oval Test, I had no plans in advance. I took my time and asked Hanuma Vihari, who is making a debut, to do the same.
Regarding the IPL, Jadeja said, ‘I improved my practice methods, because I realized that in T20 there is a need for power hitting in addition to timing. Timing comes in handy when you are not in a hurry to score runs like test matches. I had extended my training session before the season. Also, a lot of work was done on the upper body and shoulders. I had practiced for one and a half months before IPL 2020, I did not miss it for a single day.
Ravindra Jadeja made a brilliant comeback in the Test team by playing an innings of 86 runs in the Oval Test in 2018. In the first innings of that Test, India’s score was 160/6 at one time, but Jadeja scored 86 runs and brought India to 292 runs. After this, Jadeja did not look back and became an important link of Team India by performing brilliantly. Jadeja is currently among the select Indian players who play all three formats.