The left-arm spinner returned after around 480 days with impressive figures of four for 29 in India’s seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. “I will always remember this comeback because I returned to the team after a gap of around 480 days. The earlier gaps have not been this long,” said Jadeja.
Making a statement of sorts, he said, “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. What my ability is, I need to sharpen it. I don’t have to show anyone what I can do. I need to challenge myself.” With less than a year left for the 2019 World Cup, Jadeja might have sent a timely reminder to the selectors about his prowess, but he said he was not thinking that far ahead.
“The World Cup is still some time away, we’re going to play a lot of matches before that, and I can’t comment on that yet. My ambition is to perform the way I did today (Friday) whenever I get the opportunity. Can’t think about it now. My focus is to perform in this series.”
Jadeja, back in the Indian ODI team for the first time since July 2017, foxed the Bangladesh batting line-up with his smart bowling. “Even in Test cricket, because the last few series have been overseas, I haven’t been getting chances consistently. So I was determined that whenever I get the chance I will perform, that’s all that I can control. I was only focused about my own game and how I can improve further.”
The Saurashtra cricketer is known for his ability to bowl his spinning deliveries quickly. “On a slow wicket, you have to bowl with more of your own effort. On a normal wicket, the ball goes through quickly after bouncing so it doesn’t give the batsman as much time,” added Jadeja.