Playing only Tests is not enough for me: Jadeja

Vastavam web: Spinner Ravindra Jadeja remains determined to represent India in all three formats as he feels playing only Tests is not enough to keep him in good shape for international cricket. Jadeja took two for 57 on day one of the fifth and final Test, which happens to be his first of the series. “For me the biggest thing is that I am playing for India and maybe some day if I do well, I will be back playing all three formats of the game soon enough. But my aim is to convert any opportunity I get into performance,” he said after stumps on day one.

“Whenever I get an opportunity to play for India, I will give my best in both aspects batting and bowling. I want to become a trusted member of the team and I can fulfil the all-rounder slot well because I have done it before in the past. It isn’t anything new to me. It is a matter of time. “When you are going through a bad patch, you need to play more and more to regain your old form and touch. So it is possible the more I play international cricket, the better I will perform and will be able to make a comeback in all three formats, said the southpaw. India did well to reduce England to 198 for seven by close of play considering the hosts were 133 for one in the 64th over.

“Everyone bowled well, especially when the partnership between Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook was on, our plan was to stop the boundaries. Our plan was that if they didn’t get boundaries, they’d panic and play wrong shots and get out. And that’s exactly what happened. “From there we got six wickets for 50 or so. As a bowling department, that is our idea not to concede runs. If there’s a partnership, we will bowl in good areas. In England, if one wicket falls, you get two or three in a cluster. And that’s what happened,” he said. Mohammed Shami was unlucky as he beat the batsmen on numerous occasions, but failed to induce an edge.

England made their best start of the series on a pitch that proved to be more batsmen friendly than others earlier, with the first wickets putting on 133 runs. Thereafter the hosts collapsed in the final session, conceding six wickets for 65 runs. “This is a good wicket for batting. There’s nothing much in it. As the game progresses, the pitch will get slower. It’s looking slightly dry. But our three fast bowlers bowled really well. “It’s difficult when you’re not getting any help from the wicket on day one. The ball you’re actually trying to bowl it’s not coming out that way. I was just thinking that Shami, Ishant and Bumrah were bowling well from the other end. They were beating the bat non-stop.