Jadeja reveals Dhoni’s advice which helped him to hit 37 runs off final over
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has revealed captain MS Dhoni’s advice in the last over in which Jadeja hit 37 runs off Harshal Patel against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
After electing to bat first, CSK managed to score 191 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the allocated quota of overs. It was Jadeja who turned around the things for the franchise in the last over. He smashed Harshal for five sixes and a four in CSK’s last over. A total of 37 runs including a no-ball came from that over.
The all-rounder made sure RCB pay the price for dropping him on duck as he went on to make unbeaten 62 runs off 28 balls (5 sixes and 4 fours).
Later, the star of the day – Jadeja came in and took the wickets of Washington Sundar (7), Glenn Maxwell (22) and AB de Villiers (4) to leave Royal Challengers in disarray and gave them the first defeat of the season by 69 runs.
“I work on my skills one day and my fitness on the next day – that’s how I manage my workload. I was looking to hit hard in the last over, Mahi bhai told me he (Harshal) will be bowling somewhere outside the off-stump and I was ready for that. Luckily, I connected with everything and we managed to reach 191, that was a crucial over from our side. I knew I had to score some runs if I do get on strike. Today was not my day (on not getting a catch), but I did get one run-out (laughs), I’m happy with that,” Jadeja said.
He also admitted that there could be no better day than yesterday against RCB in his life. He did great batting, he did great bowling and a run-out too with a direct throw. “No, I don’t think so,” Jadeja said when asked if he’s had a better day than this. “Enjoyed a lot, when you contribute for your team in a winning match, it means a lot. I have been working a lot on my fitness, skill and everything else, luckily, it paid off today. It’s tough as an all-rounder, you’ll have to do well in all departments – while training, I don’t do all the three things (batting, bowling and fielding practice) on the same day,” he added.