We will do our best: Jadeja

CSK all-rounder believes his team doesn’t need to make changes to win

By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Pune 15 April 2012
Change is the only constant in life and the Chennai Super Kings are finding this out the hard way. After two seasons of unprecedented success, the South Indian franchise has failed to live up to its lofty ambitions thus far in IPL 2012. The road towards the coveted league title is long and winding and the Super Kings have felt the need to reassess their strategy sjust five games into the tournament.

India international, Ravindra Jadeja was CSK’s star buy in the pre-season, and the 23-year-old is slowly but surely edging towards reaching his full potential. The talented Saurashtra native is already making waves in his new team and hopes to continue growing in the presence of world cricket’s elite.

Jadeja’s quickfire 44 against the Pune Warriors India wasn’t quite enough to see his team home, but despite the disappointment he took out time to speak exclusively to


What went wrong today for CSK?

According to me, the wicket was really good; they [PWI] batted well and played some good cricketing shots. [Jesse] Ryder played really well throughout the innings and Steve Smith backed him up really well, and that took the game away from us.

You are finding your feet after a slow start to the tournament. How are you feeling?

This was just our fifth game, and I am new to this team. All my team mates and support staff gel along well. We will try and perform well in the remaining games and win them.

CSK bought you for USD 2 million. Does that put any kind of pressure on you?

When I am off the field I think about it at times, but on the field there is nothing as such in my head.

You play alongside MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Does that help you in any way?

Yeah, I like the experience I am getting to playing alongside such big names. I have played with Dhoni and Raina for India, so there is a unity and we will look for positive results in the remaining games.

How has coach Stephen Fleming’s presence helped you?

He is a very soft-spoken guy and never lets any player have any kind of negative thoughts. He knows how to get the most out of a player, which is good for every individual and for the team as well.

How does it feel to play for the two-time IPL champions?

It feels really good. All the players are matured enough and very hard working. In T20, a game changes in one over. So according to me, there is no need for any changes in the side. All we got to do is work harder in the nets and give our best on the field.
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