Ravindra Jadeja prepares for Australia series following great Ranji Trophy performance. After delivering nearly 42 overs in the contest, the left-arm spinner discussed his fitness.
Team India’s preparations for the forthcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy received a big boost on Thursday, January 26th, as flamboyant all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja made a stunning comeback to cricket. Jadeja took seven wickets in the second innings of Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu.
The Indian star, who has been out of action since September last year after suffering a knee injury in the Asia Cup.
He returned to action earlier this month and opted to compete in the Ranji Trophy to test his fitness levels ahead of the crucial Test series against Australia next month.
Although Jadeja was picked to the team for the first two Tests against the Baggy Greens, there were concerns about his fitness after being out for so long. However, after delivering over 42 overs in the contest, the left-arm spinner complained about his fitness.
“I’m used to throwing extended spells. Nothing new here. I was having fun… the ball was spinning. The pitch was helping me. When we were batting, the odd ball spun and the odd ball stayed low, so I was eager to bowl a long spell. Fortunately, I had wickets.
“No discomfort… not really, I’m almost there… it is only a matter of a little bit of confidence. “Fortunately, I bowled enough overs in the game, around 37 overs,” Jadeja remarked when questioned about his fitness.
It was difficult on the first day, but as the game went, I felt better: Ravindra Jadeja
Due to his regular performances with both bat and ball, the Saurashtra man has been a vital member of the Indian squad, particularly the red-ball side. It is critical for the Asian team that he be ready for the forthcoming Test series, since a spot in the WTC final is at stake. Jadeja, who admitted to being nervous before returning to action, was satisfied with his performance against Tamil Nadu.
“So it’s great to be back in the game after such a long period. Hopefully, I am now ready to travel. It was difficult on the first day, but as the game went, I felt better. A five-for in a first-class game is usually a positive thing “He went on to say.