Ravindra Jadeja has taken everyone by storm, with his heroics in the ongoing edition of the Ranji Trophy. The Saurashtra all rounder has already taken 37 wickets in 6 innings, along with scoring two half centuries. He was rightly called back into the Indian test team and will play a vital role against the number one ranked South Africa. Jadeja, in a recent interview with bcci.tv admitted that staying away from cricket after his last ODI in Bangladesh helped him.
”Couple of months before the start of the season, after I played my last ODI in Bangladesh I stayed away from cricket. I didn’t go anywhere near a ground or bat or ball or did anything related to cricket,” Jadeja said. “I had decided that I have to start the Ranji season afresh. I had decided to switch my mind off cricket and so got involved in other activities. I spent time at my farm house with my horses and spent time with my friends,” Jadeja added.
When asked about making any changes to his game, Jadeja quickly responded,”No haven’t changed much of anything. I believe that if I strengthen my natural game, develop my skills further, it would help me. I think, the way I have been playing for so many years, I have to sharpen that a bit more. I worked on ironing out the minor errors and that would only be my strong point.” “I didn’t feel that there were any major changes that I have to make to my game. And then the forthcoming series is in India and my game is suitable to the Indian conditions. My plan is to keep my thinking simple and that I have to go and continue playing the way I was playing in the Ranji Trophy matches,” he said.
Jadeja also added that he had made minor adjustments to his batting. ”Not something very big. But while batting sometimes I would be in double-mind as to which shot I have to pick, whether I should hit or not hit. So that is what I was thinking about when I was playing in the Ranji Trophy, that I should have a simple plan. Whatever shot I want to play I should be able to do it single-mindedly,” Jadeja said.
“When I make a decision and bat I have to commit a hundred per cent and play the shot. So I was working out small things like these around my thinking. I would earlier get out thinking whether I should hit or not. It was basically about shot selection and execution. I am working on reducing the error percentage. Treat a ball on its merit and not be in two minds and panic,” he said. Jadeja also talked about the mental aspect of the game, on and off the field. ”If something is not going well and you keep thinking about the same things over and over again it makes things even worse. So I think you should leave it aside for a while so that you can clear your mind completely of all the issue and come back fresh,” he said.
“You have to stay away from thinking over and over things. You have to de-clutter and it will only happen when you switch off from cricket and get involved in other activities and then start again fresh,” he said, indicating the significance of the break he took from the game.