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Dhoni’s advice helped: Jadeja

Nagpur: Like most debutants, Ravindra Jadeja too had butterflies in his stomach before stepping onto the field on the first day of the final Test here, at the VCA Stadium.

At the end of the day, though, he had impressive figures of two for 34, including the prised scalp of danger-man Kevin Pietersen.

“(Jonathan) Trott’s wicket, too, was a special one,” Jadeja said.

“But to be honest, I did feel nervous representing India in whites for the first time. However, I just focused on bowling at the stumps, as advised by Mahibhai (Dhoni) and so far, it seems to have worked,” he added.

Getting the Test cap from Sachin Tendulkar, too, is an occasion that Jadeja cherishes. “Not just the Test cap, but I had also got the one-dayer one from him (Sachin). No wonder it will always be a special feeling.

“In fact, I heard of my selection in the squad while fielding during the previous Ranji Trophy game. I didn’t have any time whatsoever for any kind of planning.

“In a way, it’s good that things happened so fast,” he said.

Talking about the pitch, Jadeja feels that it is flat with hardly anything for both pacers and spinners.

“There’s not enough turn on the wicket currently. Besides, it’s slow. What is required on this pitch is to just keep attacking the stumps.”

Queried on whether playing an extra pacer could have benefited India, the left-arm spinner said: “The pitch looks to assist spinners more as the game progresses. More the footmarks, more will be the turn...

“Besides, there’s not enough carry there for the pacers.”

On the total India should restrict England to, Jadeja said: “We should concede as few runs as possible from hereon. Precisely, we need to ensure they don’t go beyond 300.

“We’ve to continue maintaining the wicket-to-wicket line and make scoring difficult. That way, we can force them to play poor strokes.”