IND vs ENG 5th Test: Ravindra Jadeja reveals how he changed his mindset

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja revealed that while scoring 104 during the first innings of the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston, he was telling himself not to throw his bat outside the off-stump and play close to the body with the bat.

On Saturday, during the second day, Jadeja scored his maiden Test century outside India, with his scintillating 104 becoming the second foil for Rishabh Pant’s scintillating 146 on the first day. His innings had discipline as well as eye-catching shots as India were bowled out for 416 in the first innings.

“I was enjoying my batting, especially coming to England, you have to prepare yourself because in such conditions you can’t throw your bat outside the off-stump. You always have to play close to the body, so That’s what I wanted to do.”

“I was working on my mindset and kept talking to myself ‘I don’t need to throw your bat outside off stump, let the ball come to me’. I just kept talking to myself and that helped me a lot Because in England, if you want to play cover drives, you have a chance to get out at slips. That’s what I was telling myself, don’t throw the bat outside the off-stump, play close to the body,” Jadeja said in the third In conversation with Ravi Shastri for broadcasters Sky Sports ahead of the start of the day.

Jadeja shared a 222-run stand with Pant, in a much-needed rear-guard act for India, who were 98/5 at one point, asking the wicketkeeper-batsman to play in a sensible manner. “Also, Rishabh (Pant) and I were talking to each other which cost our wicket because when I was batting, there were tough conditions and kept talking to each other in between. We all know How aggressive he is. He loves to pick bowlers. All I was saying to him was ‘Make sure your shot selection is right. Try and just play smart’.

“Because at times, you keep playing and try all those shots, then you get out. So, I was trying to tell him to keep calm and keep calm. I’m taking my time initially Was and was trying to go. Like, Rishabh was scoring runs from the other end and I was running back, trying to give him a stand and build a long partnership. It was running through our minds. “

Jadeja felt that India just needed to hit those areas which skipper Jasprit Bumrah and pacer Mohammed Shami hit consistently on Saturday. “Nothing has changed in the wicket. The odd ball was kicking, so if you keep hitting the seam, like how Shami and Bumrah did (the second day), they were fantastic and bowling in good areas “Hopefully, if we get two wickets today, we will be on top of the game.”

Jadeja signed considering a point in his career when confidence in his batting stocks became a big factor in Test cricket. “I started believing in myself a few years back from 2017/18. Like, I needed to survive at this level, I can survive and score runs at this level. That mindset helped me a lot. And now whenever I come out to bat, I want to play longer and try to score big runs.”