India's Ravindra Jadeja (L) celebrates after dismissing West Indies' Johnson Charles as umpire Aleem Dar signals during the ICC Champions Trophy.Reuters
India's newest 'Man Friday', all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja, feels the secret of his success lies in "keeping things simple" which helped him get a career-best five-wicket haul against the West Indies in a Champions Trophy group match.
"This is my best bowling performance and I am very happy about it. I have had three four-wicket hauls, but this one is special. I just tried to keep things simple," Jadeja said in a post-match media conference at the Ken Barrington Cricket Center here at The Oval last night.
"I was just aiming to bowl the right line which I did. The Oval wicket was dry and affording spin and I wasn't surprised by the conditions even if it was overcast," Jadeja said.
Jadeja said he has worked on his game in the last six months and always tried to keep things simple.
"Earlier, I would strategise too much and get all mixed up. Now I just come for a game and adjust to the conditions and play my best," he said.
The Saurashtra all-rounder thanked his skipper for showing faith in his abilities.
"Mahi bhai (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) is a thinking captain. He can read your abilities very well and I am happy I am doing the job for him," Jadeja said, adding with a smile, "I still can't figure out why he calls me, Sirji."
Jadeja said he wasn't intimidated by the West Indian big-hitters like Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle.
"It is always better to think what I can do and not worry about batsmen. I was able to bowl a straight forward line and the batsmen made the mistakes," Jadeja said, adding India's biggest plus was the team's fielding.
"All our fielders are very good. We don't have a single player whom we need to hide in the field. We have the correct balance in the team and that's the biggest advantage for us," Jadeja said.