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Jadeja happy to repay the skipper’s faith in him
Ravindra Jadeja is glad that he could repay skipper Virat Kohli›s faith in him with a gritty half-century, ignoring the few eyebrows being raised over his inclusion for the first Test against West Indies.
Jadeja struck 58 off 112 deliveries and shared a crucial 60 runs with Ishant Sharma (19) for the eight wicket, helping India reach 297 all out in the first innings.
“I did not have any pressure to perform. Obviously, you feel good when the skipper believes in you, considers you as main player. It boosts your confidence because your captain is showing confidence on you. Luckily, I have been able to repay the faith by performing well. I will keep doing the same in future also,” said Jadeja.
Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav were left out while Jadeja got the nod in the playing XI. Former captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly had questioned Ashwin’s exclusion.
“When I was batting, I was just looking to build a partnership. I was focussing to play with the tail-enders like Ishant, Shami and Bumrah.
“I was focussing on my game, I was not thinking about what is going on outside, what others think. I was just trying to give my best on the field,” said Jadeja.
After the fall of Rishabh Pant at the team score 207 for seven, Jadeja and Ishant frustrated West Indies by negotiating the threat posed by the potent pace duo of Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach.
Talking about the partnership with Ishant, Jadeja said, “I was constantly talking to Ishant that we should stay in the middle for as long as possible. That was the thought process. We knew if we kept believing in our defence and technique, then we can stay out in the middle. We were not thinking far ahead but taking one over at a time,” said the 30-year-old allrounder.