Saurashtra lad relishes Test debut

Nagpur, (Mail Today): Even before the feeling of being part of India’s Test team could sink in, Ravindra Jadeja found himself being part of the huddle in the middle. And it happened fast for the Saurashtra-boy, who has turned his fortunes with two triple centuries in Ranji Trophy.

A nervy Jadeja was patted on by seniors as he took the field and was presented the India cap by Sachin Tendulkar.

“It was a special feeling. My ODI cap was also handed by Sachin Tendulkar,” Jadeja said in the post match conference.

“I did not get enough time to think what was happening. I was playing the Ranji Trophy game when one of my teammates told me about my selection and within two days I am here. It is a special moment for me.”

For someone who has been labelled as a Twenty20 and ODI specialist, Jadeja has carved a space for himself while concentrating on his batting. The two triple-centuries pitched him in the limelight. “He can become the all-rounder India is looking for,” his state team’s coach Debu Mitra said.

“I still recall the day when he told me that ‘sir I want to wear the Test cap.’ I told him you have the potential and just follow whatever I tell you. Since then he has shown tremendous application in his batting. He has concentrated for long hours. He deserves his place in the side.”

“As far as bowling is concerned, he is natural. He can bowl at a good pace and he could have been an ideal bowler on the Mumbai wicket where we lost. He can make batsmen’s life difficult on such surfaces where the spinners get good purchase,” he added.

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