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Ravindra Jadeja: India's man of the moment plans to do a sword dance with two bats after hitting a century

[ March 29, 2017 ]
Dharamsala: Ravindra Jadeja, who has been performing under the shadows of Ravichandran Ashwin for quite some time, played a crucial all-round role for India in the fourth Test match against Australia at the HPCA stadium.

After picking just one wicket in the first innings, Jadela played an influential 63-run knock lower down the order, where he was also involved in a brilliant 96- run stand with Wriddhiman Saha for the seventh wicket stand. The moment he reached his fifty, the Saurashtra all-rounder produced his famous sword dance, much to the delight of spectators.

When asked about his sword-wielding celebration after India's comprehensive eight-wicket win, Jadeja said he had special plans in case if he goes on to hit a hundred.

"I will try to get to a hundred next time, and celebrate with two bats as swords," Jadeja said.

Jajdeja, who recently edged past Ashwin to become the No. 1 bowler in Tests, said it was a great feeling to be at the top.

"It really feels great to be the No. 1 Test bowler and being part of this champion Test side," he said.

Jadeja also credited his coaches and captain for his performance and said he is happy to have answered his critics.

"Coaches and captain have been telling me, I have the skill to bat long. I developed as a player overall. Some time ago people didn't consider me a Test bowler. This season is a good response to them," he said.

Talking about his combination with Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja said: "Ashwin and I maintain pressure from both ends. The variation of off-spinner and left-arm spinner also works well. It is difficult for any team to play such a combination.

The 28-year-old was adjudged Man of the Match as well as Man of the Series for his stellar performance in the deciding Test against Steve Smith's men.