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Ravindra Jadeja, on batting fourth vs Pakistan: “Was Mentally Prepared”

Ravindra Jadeja was instrumental with the bat in India’s triumph over Pakistan in the Asia Cup match that took place on Sunday in Dubai.

On Sunday, Rohit Sharma and the rest of Team India won their opening match of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 by defeating Pakistan by five wickets. This victory marked a successful beginning for India’s campaign in the tournament. In order to assist India in their pursuit of 148, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya cobbled up a partnership of 52 runs for the fifth wicket. Pandya was able to carry the team through the finish line while remaining unbeaten on 33 runs despite Jadeja being removed for 35. On Wednesday, Team India will play their next match against Hong Kong at the same location.

On Tuesday, Jadeja held a news conference in which he discussed the victory over Pakistan as well as what to anticipate in the days and weeks ahead.

“There is always a lot of pressure on India and Pakistan when they play one other because people have great expectations. Overall, every single person made contributions in each of the three departments. Spinners bowled exceptionally well during the match as well; yet, it is possible that even if you bowl well, you might not get the wickets even if you bowl well. Due to the nature of the Twenty20 game, fast bowlers have the opportunity to take wickets off of full tosses. Everyone did really well when bowling together as a team. When we required one, one was always provided for us. Forth our match against Pakistan, we turned in a strong effort as a group.

When you play for India, pressure is something that is constantly present. You can’t avoid taking responsibility for your actions. Whenever it is your turn to bat, particularly when the team is in a precarious position. Bowling is played in the same manner. It’s a great feeling when you can perform well under pressure. “There is no doubt that it boosts your confidence,” he continued.

Jadeja said the following in reference to the Pakistani fast bowler Naseem Shah: “It is not like that we would have lost if Naseem Shah was not suffering from cramping.” Bowlers, regardless of their level of expertise or youth, face intense pressure during the final over of a Twenty20 match. Fortunately, no matter what we did, we were successful. Naseem Shah is an excellent bowler who is aware of the places that require him to bowl in and how to respond to various scenarios. It was not an easy match because all of their pacers bowled so well.

When asked about his coming in at No. 4 and whether or not the same will continue if Rishabh Pant comes into the side, Jadeja said as follows: “Sometimes, left-arm spinners are bowling, therefore it is simpler to send a left-handed batter to the middle.” I was the lone left-hander in the Top 7 in the previous game, and I had some way of predicting that a situation like this may occur due to the fact that they have a left-handed spinner as well as a leg spinner. That was something I had mentally prepared for. You cannot say for sure whether things will stay the same or not because there are many different kinds of opposition.

When Jadeja was asked about the rumours that continue to circulate on the internet about him, he had a great story to tell about one of the incidents. “You are talking about how I’m not going to be in the squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, but this is nothing,” he said. It was once written that I had passed away (laughs). I try not to think about any of this and instead focus on doing the best that I can. You simply need to work on getting better, as this is the most important factor in determining your level of achievement.

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