Ravindra Jadeja, an all-rounder for India who has been on the comeback trail following a knee injury and a lengthy layoff, stated on Thursday that he is ready for the series against Australia after picking up seven wickets for Saurashtra against Tamil Nadu in a Ranji Trophy game in Chennai. The match was part of the tournament known as the Ranji Trophy.
After the third day’s play of the Ranji Trophy match at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai, the left-handed all-rounder was asked if he was ready for the touring side led by Pat Cummins. In answer, he said, “Yes, yes, yes” when asked if he was prepared to play for the side.
On Friday, the tourists need to score 262 runs in order to win the game outright. Thanks to Jadeja’s haul, Saurashtra was able to bowl out Tennessee for 133 in the second innings. In August of last year, Jadeja was part of India’s team that competed in the Asia Cup.
Beginning on February 9 in Nagpur, India and Australia will compete against one other in the four-match Border-Gavaskar series.
In the final match of the Ranji Trophy competition, Jadeja, who is captaining Saurashtra in place of Jaydev Unadkat, who was given the day off to relax, produced a bowling performance of 7/53 in 17.1 overs of the second innings.
After such a lengthy absence from the game, Jadeja commented that it was “feeling really good” to play again and that it felt “wonderful” to notch up a five-wicket haul.
“After what seems like an eternity, I’ve decided to play some video games. It looks like I should be good to go now. The first day was challenging, but as the competition went on, I started to feel better about myself “Jadeja stated.
When questioned about bowling 12 consecutive overs in the second stint, he responded as follows: “I am used to bowling for extended periods of time. Nothing new in my experience. I was having a good time… the ball was rolling…”
He continued by saying, “I was getting help from the pitch. Because the odd ball was spinning and the odd ball was keeping low while we were batting, I was eager to bowl for a lengthy period of time. I was fortunate enough to get wickets.”
Jadeja responded as follows when asked if he believed that he had reached his fitness goals: “Yes, I am very close to reaching my goal; all I need now is a little bit more self-assurance.
I was fortunate enough to bowl enough overs during the game; in total, I bowled 41 overs (24 in the first innings and 17.1 in the second). This was almost enough to win the match.”
When Jadeja was asked if he was experiencing any discomfort, he responded “no discomfort… not really.” “When you have seven wickets, you should feel very good about yourself. It is always a fantastic thing if you take five wickets in a first-class match “he continued.
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