Bowled to my strengths: Jadeja

CSK all-rounder speaks about getting better of Vijay and the win over DD

Delhi 06 May 2014
With figures of 4-0-23-1, Ravindra Jadeja was the most economical bowler for the visiting side. The all-rounder who has been consistently performing with the ball helped keep runs in check and provided the team with a crucial breakthrough. Although he conceded 13 runs in his second over, the left-arm spinner dismissed the on song Murali Vijay when handed the ball again and bowled a miserly second spell.

After MS Dhoni elected to field first, his bowling unit conceded 178 runs. While speaking to after the win, Jadeja talked about planning Vijay’s dismissal and CSK’s fan following even at the away venue.

Excerpts from the interview:

After conceding 13 runs in your second over you returned to finish as the most economical bowler from your side. What did MS Dhoni tell you and what were your plans?

After giving away those runs in the second over I was only thinking about not bowling any loose deliveries in my next over. From the end I was bowling had a shorter boundary. This is T20 cricket and they were going to take their chances. I was thinking of not bowling to their strength. My effort was to try and bowl where the batsman can’t hit the big shots and luckily I was able to bowl in right areas.

You claimed the wicket of Murali Vijay in your second spell. How did you plan his dismissal?

He hits well over midwicket and mid-on in the slog overs so I thought of bowling him outside off-stump. If he hits a good shot then there is nothing much I can do.

How does a bowler prepare himself for T20s?

A lot has to do with the wicket as well. If the ball is turning then that is one way of bowling and if there is no turn then it is a different ball game. I try to bowl dot balls and bowl in the good areas and mix my deliveries. Vary the pace and at times bowl outside the off-stump.

What total were you comfortable chasing when your captain opted to field first?

When DD were 108 for three and lost a couple of wickets at the score of 120, we thought of restricting them to 160-165 runs. We also knew that the boundary is a bit small and there is dew and it was drizzling also so we would benefit while chasing.

CSK’s top-order is having a dream run. How are you keeping yourself ready whenever you get a chance to bat?

I put in extra time in the nets. Considering that there could be a situation where I am needed to score 15-17 runs off the last over, I should be ready.
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