- During the Sydney Test, Jadeja revealed the moment when he was ready to bat even after the injury.
- He said about this – for this, he had also taken analgesic injections and wore pads.
- Jadeja suffered a thumb injury while batting in the first innings of the Sydney Test.
India’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said on Saturday that despite a thumb fracture, he was mentally prepared to bat 10-15 overs during the drawn third Test against Australia in Sydney. He also took analgesic injections for this. Jadeja suffered a thumb injury while batting in the first innings of the Sydney Test after which he was ruled out of cricket for six weeks.
This will prevent him from playing in the four-Test series against England starting on February 5. He said, ‘I was ready, wore the pad. Injection was also taken. I was thinking that I would bat for at least 10 to 15 overs and was mentally planning how to play the innings, which shots to play because it was not possible for me to play all kinds of shots due to pain from fracture. ‘
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Jadeja said, ‘I was also calculating how I would face the balls of the fast bowlers, where would they pitch the ball to me. I was planning my role that I will do this when I bat 10-15 overs. But Jadeja did not have to come down to bat as Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari faced 256 balls on the fifth day and made a memorable draw.
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Jadeja said, “Even I had talked to the team management that I will bat only if India reaches the threshold where the match can be won.” Pujara and Rishabh Pant were batting well, they formed a partnership. We also felt that we could have won the match. He said, ‘But unfortunately, Pant was out and things changed after that. We had to play a draw after this.
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Jadeja said, “The way Ashwin and Vihari batted to save the match, they showed great spirit. When it comes to Test cricket, scoring runs is not always important. There are also situations when you have to save the match. The way we saved the match after batting so many overs, it was a great effort by the team.