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Prajakta Pawar in Delhi 06 May 2014 - 03:41am IST

My role is that of a finisher: Jadhav

DD batsman speaks about responsibility and batting with Duminy

The JP Duminy-Kedar Jadhav pair once again boosted the Delhi Daredevils’ innings with a 58-run unbroken partnership coming in just 34 deliveries. The duo unleashed themselves on the Chennai Super Kings’ bowlers in the last quarter of the innings to set the visitors a competitive total.

Jadhav, who remained unbeaten in all his three previous outings, took on the CSK bowlers and scored 29 off 18 to help his team reach 178 for five. The batsman took Mohit Sharma for special treatment by clearing the fence twice before smashing one through the covers in the last over of DD innings.

While speaking to
IPLT20.com, he spoke about how he planned to take on Mohit and his batting exploits with JP Duminy.

Excerpts from the interview:

What did you make of the total?

I think we could have added 10-15 more runs. And besides that they also benefitted from the rain since the ball was coming on to the bat later in the innings.

KP was seen talking passionately to the group in the strategic time-out of the second innings. What did he tell you guys?

We had a mix of overs before the break. He said that the match is at a crucial stage. He asked us to keep giving our best.

How have you adjusted the change in your batting position?

I have played in the last three games for DD and I have scored well in all of them. I have made most of the opportunities that have come my way. I have been told by the management that my role is that of a finisher, so make sure that you play till the end. And I am doing that.

In today’s match, I faced three successive dot balls in the second last over, but I knew that I can make up for it in the next over. Earlier I wasn’t able to bat like that. I would get out trying to do something different. But now I have the belief that I can make up for the lost deliveries later, so now I wait and capitalise on the start I have.

Relive the final over of Mohit Sharma.

Mohit Sharma bowls a good slower ball so he is used in the end overs. I knew that he would bowl the 18 or the 20th over, that he will bowl two overs in the end. So my plan was clear, that I would step out and hit his slower ball. I had to step out because only then the bat would have connected with the ball and besides, that is my shot, to step out and hit. So that was my plan and I feel good that I could execute it. 

How do you adapt to the fact that you are the last recognised batsman in the DD line-up?

I can’t go all out and hit. I have to be cautious in my approach. I use long handle only when I am sure. I can’t hit shots with half chance because after me there are only bowlers to follow.

What has it been like to bat with JP Duminy?

I am getting to learn a lot from him. He is very calm during any chase or while batting first to post a total. It is fun to bat with him. The left-right combination helps both of us while batting together. There is a lot to learn from how he approaches the game under pressure.

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