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Friday, 15 March 2013

Lucky to get Clarke out four times: Ravindra Jadeja

There are not many part-time bowlers who get to call Michael Clarke their bunny. Hence the joy on Ravindra Jadeja’s face was understandable after he dismissed the Australian captain for the fourth time out of five innings in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Clarke has piled up 202 runs against all other Indian bowlers in the series so far, giving away his wicket just once. However, against Jadeja, he has managed 66 runs for four dismissals.
The left-arm spinner was glad to contribute with the wicket of Australia’s best batsman and admitted to being lucky to get him out so often.
“I don’t plan to get him out all the time, but luckily every time I am on to bowl, he’s the one facing me,” Jadeja said after contributing with three for 56 in Australia’s 273 for seven. “It’s happened four times in this series now and I feel good about it because his is a very important wicket for the team. When he bats long, there’s always a big score on the board and so it’s very crucial to get him out early,” he said.
Ahead of the Test, Clarke had said that the Mohali wicket looked similar to the ones in the first two matches in terms of spin and bounce. However, Jadeja said that there wasn’t much assistance for spinners on the first-day track (Day 1 was abandoned due to rain).
“There’s not as much turn on this track as there was in Chennai or Hyderabad. My bowling theory is always to bowl on the stumps and not give the batsman much room on the leg,” he said.
Although India finished with seven wickets on the day, the 139-run opening stand between David Warner and Ed Cowan had put Australia in control in the first session. However, Jadeja insisted that the Indians didn’t get bogged down by the first-wicket partnership.
“Our morale never went down because they hadn’t scored too many runs – they’d scored some 110-odd runs in 35 overs. We knew that if we got one wicket, we can put pressure back on them. We decided to be patient and ensured that we don’t give away too many runs in panic,” he said.


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