Ravindra Jadeja, who is counted as one of the finest all-rounders, recently said that playing alongside MS Dhoni has helped him to a large extent in learning the art of being strategic. No wonder that MS Dhoni has always been an inspiration for everyone and his every move teaches a strategy. Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni are on and off-field friends and have scored a lot of runs individually and in partnership too.
After India’s recently concluded 3rd ODI against Australia, Ravindra Jadeja was full of praise for the former Indian skipper as he played a scintillating knock and changed the course of the game in India’s favour. Jadeja came to bat when the Men in Blue were straining at 152/5 after 32 overs. But from there on, he put on an unbeaten 150-run stand with Hardik Pandya, who scored 92 runs off 76 balls.
Ravindra Jadeja on The Captain Cool
When asked, Ravindra Jadeja told that The Former Indian Cricket Team Captain has advised him to take the game deep until the last five overs when a lot of runs can be scored. In the last 10 overs, India scored 110 runs, taking their eventual score to 302. The Saurashtra-born Jadeja said that playing alongside Dhoni has helped him to a large extent in learning the art of being strategic.
“Absolutely, Mahi Bhai has played for such a long time for India and Chennai and he has a set pattern that he tries to build a partnership with whichever batsman is playing and once he gets set, he looks to play the big shots,” Jadeja was quoted as saying during a post-match interview with the Sony Sports network.
“So, in my opinion, looking at him batting so many times in such situations and I have played with him as well. He tells me that if we take the match to the end, then a lot of runs can come in the last four to five overs,” he stated.
“So, it was the same situation today and that is what we tried, Hardik and I were talking that we can take a chance in the last five overs as one side was short, so that was the plan,” he added after India V/S Australia.
Ravindra Jadeja Was Spectacular In The 3rd ODI
This advice given especially by MS Dhoni to Ravindra Jadeja is because we all know that he is not that type of person who likes to change things rapidly. He believes to give some time and always back his players. Same goes about Ravindra Jadeja. Many say it is because they play for the same IPL team, they share a great friendship.
During the partnership, Pandya was the one, who started playing the big shots. In the last five overs, Ravindra Jadeja upped the ante as well. At a stage when a score around the 260-run mark was looking like a difficult task, the duo shouldered the visitors to the massive score.
India went on to win the game by 13 runs at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. Though they had already lost the ODI series prior to the match, the victory would be giving them confidence going into the three-match T20I series.