Jadeja to miss match against Mumbai Indians

15-04-2016
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The wedding bells are imminent for Saurashtra’s ’rock star’ cricketer, Ravindra Jadeja, who could claim be a notch above Cheteshwar Pujara in the popularity charts in these parts. That’s because of his ability to swing the bat with abandon, bowl with a bit of cunning and field smartly in the deep. Come IPL, he cannot be far removed from action; so he was in business taking the wickets of Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra in Gujarat Lions opening IPL match against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali.

Turning out for the Lions for the first time at home on Thursday against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants, Jadeja accounted for the quick dismissals of Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh.

Clearly Jadeja — who will not be seen in action against Mumbai Indians on Saturday because of his marriage to Rivaba Solanki on April 17 — is in an upbeat mood having taken crucial wickets in the first two matches and contributed to the Lions’ victory.

"There is no secret (to my bowling). I practice as much as possible in the nets. I try to be as accurate (at nets) as possible because when we are trapped in a pressure game, the idea is to make sure that my deliveries are accurate. Once the ball got old, it was holding on a bit off the wicket. Rainabhai asked me, “tu dalega kya?” and I said, “yes”. There were three right-handers, Mahibhai, Smith and Mitchell Marsh.

So, I thought since its gripping off the wicket, I could mix it all. We didn’t have much fast bowling options and Bravo anyway would have bowled the final over,’’ said Jadeja at the post match press conference.

Jadeja has now dismissed the Australian captain, Smith, four times in an IPL match, as many times as Shane Watson. ``When we played in the 2015 World Cup against Australia, our plan was to bowl outside the off stump to Smithy, because he loves to step out and play his shots through midwicket. That’s why the plan to bowl outside the off stump as much as I can,’’ said Jadeja.

The fact that he has played many matches at the Khanderi venue has helped him. ``There was no pressure at all (playing the first IPL match at Rajkot). I have been asked this question many times before the IPL started. I see it as a positive (development). The IPL is happening at Rajkot for the first time. It’s not a big centre like Mumbai and Bangalore. People are getting a good cricket environment with all big stars coming to play. This is a new thing for the people of Rajkot. As far as expectations of me go, I think the cheering I get makes me positive – I am not alone, everybody is with me. When we saw the CSK old friends, it looked like we were playing a practice game. It was healthy competition and a good contest.’’

 

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