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This five-wicket haul is very special: Jadeja
London, June 12, 2013
First Published: 10:25 IST(12/6/2013)
Last Updated: 10:44 IST(12/6/2013)
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.

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Match Date Time Match Details Venue
1st 06-06-2013 3:15PM IND vs SA Cardiff
2nd 07-06-2013 3:15PM WI vs PAK London
3rd 08-06-2013 3:15PM ENG vs AUS Birmingham
4th 09-06-2013 3:15PM SL vs NZ Cardiff
5th 10-06-2013 6:30PM PAK vs SA Birmingham
6th 11-06-2013 3:15PM IND vs WI London
7th 12-06-2013 6:30PM AUS vs NZ Birmingham
8th 13-06-2013 6:30PM ENG vs SL London
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