Ravindra Jadeja Recalls His Return to the Indian Team
Author : Arti Sharma | Published On : 31 May 2021
Veteran India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has become a regular face in the squad across formats. However, the scene was different a few years ago. While he didn’t get to play in the 2018 Test tour of South Africa, he had to sit outside for the first 4 games against England as well.
On the other hand, experienced R Ashwin’s poor form gave him a chance in the fifth Tests on the England tour which he grabbed quite well with 86* with the bat in the first innings and a total of 7 wickets as well. After that, Hardik Pandya’s injury helped him get a recall during the Asia Cup and sisnce then no looking back for him. Later, he stumped his authority in the 2019 World Cup squad too and became a regular member in the playing XI as well.
“That Test changed everything for me, poora (complete) game — my performance, my confidence, everything. When you score in English conditions against the best bowling attack, it greatly impacts your confidence. It makes you feel your technique is good enough to score anywhere in the world,” Ravindra Jadeja said to The Indian Express. “Later, Hardik Pandya got injured and I made my ODI comeback. From then on, my game has been going well, touchwood.”
However, He also remembered the time away from the team both the limited-overs squad as well as the longer format. He revealed that he couldn’t sleep well during that time and used to be awake till early morning and think what to do to get back in the form as well.
“Honestly, those one-and-a-half years were filled with sleepless nights. Through that phase, I remember I would be up till 4-5 am. I would be thinking about what to do, how am I going to bounce back? I couldn’t sleep. I would be lying down but jaaga hi rehta tha (would remain awake). I was in the Test squad but not playing as we played a lot overseas. I wasn’t playing ODIs. I wasn’t playing domestic too as I would be travelling with the Indian team though not playing. I wasn’t getting any opportunity to prove myself. I would keep thinking about how I am going to come back,” Ravindra Jadeja concluded.