Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja had a significant role to play in their consolation victory against Australia in the third ODI in Canberra on Wednesday. Ravindra Jadeja made key contributions across all three facets as the men in blue scraped through their first win in their ongoing Australia tour. The southpaw recalled MS Dhoni’s words after finishing the match resoundingly for India.
Ravindra Jadeja remained 66 not out in India’s first innings in Canberra after they chose to bat first, leading their recovery from 152-5 to propel the side to 302 in 50 overs. Jadeja shared an unbroken stand of 150 with Hardik Pandya, belting 86 runs off the last six overs as India managed to defend the total successfully. He also took the wicket of Aaron Finch and a catch to get rid of Cameron Green.
Ravindra Jadeja rehashed the days when MS Dhoni used to play for India; he tried building a partnership with whatever batsman he bats with and settles initially before playing the big shots. Hence, the all-rounder underlined that having looked at him batting well and playing with him, Jadeja recalled Dhoni’s words that plenty of runs could come in the slog overs.
“Absolutely, Mahi Bhai has played for such a long time for India and Chennai and he has a set pattern that he tries to build a partnership with whichever batsman is playing and once he gets set, he looks to play the big shots. So in my opinion, looking at him batting so many times in such situations and I have played with him as well. He tells me that if we take the match to the end, then a lot of runs can come in the last four to five overs,” Jadeja told Sony Sports Network.
They are a very strong team in their home conditions: Ravindra Jadeja
The Saurashtra all-rounder feels delighted to beat Australia in their backyard, claiming that the men in yellow are a strong team in their home conditions. While the 31-year old wishes to have done that in the first two matches too; however, Jadeja claimed that they would use their momentum in the upcoming games also.
“It feels very good to come to Australia and beat them. There is no greater happiness than that because they are a very strong team in their home conditions. We may not have done that well in the first two matches but at least we won a game and we will continue the momentum to the T20Is and after that whichever matches we play,” he added.