Mohali: Michael Clarke’s predecessor Ricky Ponting was known as Harbhajan Singh’s bunny. Clarke himself is now finding Ravindra Jadeja to be his nemesis.
In the five innings that the Australian captain has played in this series so far, Jadeja has got the better of Clarke on four occasions — once in Chennai, twice in Hyderabad and on Friday in Mohali.
Jadeja doesn’t mind the credit. “Well, I guess you can say that … I have now got him four times in this series… It feels nice to have got the wicket of such a dangerous batsman so many number of times.
“He is a great batsman and can get big scores. So it is important to get rid of him quickly. I’m happy that I’ve helped the team in that,” Jadeja said at the media conference, after the end of the second day’s play.
He was the most successful bowler of the day for the Indians, grabbing three for 56, but Jadeja didn’t agree to the suggestion that the track was very helpful for the tweakers. “There wasn’t much turn, to be honest…
“I wouldn’t say it was bad, I would say that it was an okay wicket… It’s not that bowlers got all the help, it’s not bad for batting either… And so my strategy was bowling wicket-to-wicket stuff,” he said.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni lost the toss and saw the Australian openers make merry. That made one curious about what the Indians would have done had they won the toss? “We too would have batted first,” revealed Jadeja.
But didn’t the Aussie openers’ dominance affect them? “Not really… They had just scored 109 runs in that first session. We knew that it was all about getting the first breakthrough… We waited patiently for it. Once we got that, the others followed,” Jadeja, who gave India their first wicket of the day, said.
Having lost ground in the first session, Jadeja said they pulled it back by pitching the ball in the right areas and not offering the Aussies any easy runs. “We had the patience of pitching it in the right areas… The good job that we did in the second and the last session covered up what we missed in the first,” the all-rounder said.
Having got seven Australian wickets on one day’s play, the Indians must have chalked out a game plan to go for a win in the Test which has lost a day to inclement weather. But Jadeja’s matured reply was: “It is too early to speak of a game plan… First we need to get their remaining wickets… Then we will have to bat well enough to not bat in the second innings… Only after that can we zero in on a game plan. So we need a big lead first.”