Jadeja dedicates maiden international ton to late mother

RAJKOT: Ravindra Jadeja in any case scored his maiden century after almost a decade in world cricket and the Indian all-rounder says being calm in the nervous 90s helped him succeed in the 'particular' milestone.

Jadeja had scored an 86 and 90 in Tests against England but could never move the hurdle in the previous 37 Tests along with the 140 ODIs he has featured in.

Fittingly, he achieved the feat at his home floor and dedicated the innings to his past due mom.

He used to be in the 90s with number eleven Mohammed Shami but that did not put further drive on him.

"It is very special because in the past I had gotten to 80s and 90s but was not able to convert. Today, I was not worried, just did not want to play any loose shot. I kept talking to Umesh and Shami and told myself that I needed to play till I score 100," stated Jadeja after reaching three figures in the ultimate over ahead of tea when India declared at 649 for 9.

His famous sword celebration adopted the hundred together with his teammates applauding in the dressing room.

Jadeja used to be also in the thick of things all over the West Indies innings. It grew to become out to be a comical incident but it would have easily embarrassed the home hero.

A horrible mix-up between Shimron Hetmyer and Sunil Ambris left either one of them stranded at one end and Jadeja made up our minds to walk than run to take the bails off. Seeing Jadeja's cheeky walk, Hetmyer ran to make his floor in desperation, confusing the Indian who abruptly stopped and threw on the stumps. Luckily for Jadeja, the ball hit the stumps and Hetmyer used to be run out.

"You saw what happened," stated Jadeja explaining his considering.

"I saw both batsmen were at the same end and I did not think that Hetmyer would start running in towards the other end in such hot conditions. I was relaxed and so thought I will walk to take the bails off. His effort (run) was good," added Jadeja, who laughed off the incident.

Talking about the final one month when he did well in the one Test he performed in England ahead of making an ODI comeback, Jadeja sounded satisfied.

"When you are not playing consistently, there is pressure. You want to make every opportunity count. That is what I thought in England also. Batting and bowling in Asia Cup was also good," he stated.

"I just try to develop my game with every match. I have not played a lot in 2018. So, you just have to perform whenever you get the opportunity."

Asked why he must turn out himself even after almost 10 years of world cricket, Jadeja came up with a witty response.

"Good you know that I have been playing for 10 years. I must have done something right if I have managed to play for that long. I don't know if you noticed that I did well in the 13 Tests we played at home the previous season," he stated.

"My job is just to prove myself. Sometimes I miss out because of the team requirements. If there are more left-handers in the opposition eleven, then an off-spinner is preferred, if more right-handers are there than I am preferred," stated the left-arm spinner.

He also had phrases of encouragement for the suffering the West Indies, pronouncing "the young team will improve with every game".

Spectator turnout for the primary Test has been modest and when asked about it, Jadeja felt it might be due to the unrelenting warmth in Rajkot.
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