Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has revealed he could not sleep after putting down the catch of Marnus Labuschagne in the second ODI of the just-concluded ODI series against Australia. The India ace revealed his mental state after dropping the catch during a post-match interview following the third ODI on Wednesday.
Ravindra Jadeja starred with the bat to help India register their first win on the tour and avoid a humiliating whitewash. He scored an unbeaten 66 off just 50 balls while sharing an unbeaten 150-run stand with Hardik Pandya as the duo helped India recover from 152 for 5 to post 302 for 5.
In reply, Australia were all out for 289. Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell scored fighting fifties for the hosts. For India, Shardul Thakur took three wickets while Jasprit Bumrah and T Natarajan picked two wickets apiece.
‘I could not sleep’:
Speaking at the end of the game, Ravindra Jadeja spoke about the catch he dropped in the second ODI. Labuschagne was batting on 44 at that stage and went on to score 70. India had lost the game by 51 runs. The allrounder spoke about the drop when he was asked if he felt relieved after taking an outstanding catch off Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling to send back Cameron Green.
“Absolutely, when I dropped the catch in the last match, I couldn’t sleep. The catch was coming in front of me as soon as I closed my eyes,” said Ravindra Jadeja.
“I had thought today that if there is a 50-50 situation, I will go for the catch because if I don’t go for the catch, then I feel I am not giving my 100%,” he added.
India and Australia will now lock horns in a three-match T20I series, starting on December 4. Following the T20Is, both the teams will take on each other in the much-anticipated four-match Test series, starting on December 17.