INDIA ALLROUNDER Ravindra Jadeja, who has been retained by the Chennai Super Kings, has divulged that he is focusing more on his batting after skipper MS Dhoni told him that he would be getting batting opportunities in the IPL, this year.
The Saurashtra-lad has had a subdued show in the ongoing Vijay Hazare tournament. However, as reported by Indian Express, he said,
“Mahi bhai told me that I will get batting opportunities in the IPL this year. He said that I have the ability of a proper batsman, and I am not the flash in the pan type of batsman. And I should think like that.”
Jadeja said that the CSK’s decision to retain him has encouraged him to work on his game.
“It was really encouraging for me. So, I am concentrating more on the batting aspect of my game and trying to get used to playing the anchor role. I am quite happy with the way I am bowling. In fact, I am focusing more on my batting now. I do not want to be a player who is known for hitting those 20-odd runs. I want to play the anchor role, just like I did today.”
Speaking on his performance in Vijay Hazare tournament, the 29-year-old said,
“If I get wickets owing to mistakes of batsmen, I am not satisfied from the inside. If I think I have done the things I wanted to do, like varying the pace, I am content with that. If I am satisfied with the way I have bowled, I do not think much about other things. If I am executing my plans, I am happy. The pain was unbearable some times while playing certain shots. But this was really important for my self-confidence. It is morale boosting. To chase the target (330) under the circumstances is really special for me.”