INSTINCT IS what governs cricketing star Ajay Jadeja. “Anybody who has seen me on the field would vouch that I don’t pre-plan things. On the pitch, I always played with my instinct. That is the way I am in life too.”
In his new avtaar, he is seen shaking a leg on the small screen along with choreographer Rhea in Sony TV’s new show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
So, is he a dancer too? “No, I have always been a dance-club freak. When I was offered the show, it was an instant yes from me and now I am enjoying it!”
Cricket, movies and now dance…what’s common in them? “In cricket, you just have to perform without any mistake. In movies, a script governs every step and there are so many re-takes. But, TV is more formulated. Though pre-decided, one has to present instantly, specially in the reality shows.”
These commitments are only temporary for Jadeja. “Cricket is my lifeline. When I was facing a ban I grabbed the movie offer. The moment it was lifted I was back in cricketing gear and captaining in Delhi. And now in Rajasthan I made the willow speak for me. Movie and TV endorsements are just for enjoying not for living.”
Does he still foresee a chance in Team India? “Lately, I was the highest run-getter in first class matches but the selection is not in my hand. It has been a long time and the team has evolved. I accept it and don’t see my chance.
Players don’t age. Sourav is still a better player than many but time is not with him.”
On the recent experimentation in the team, he says, “This is completely the captain’s and coach’s decision. Strategy is followed by an outcome. If it succeeds, one is showered with praises and if not it’s brickbats. But, somewhere there is a need for a front line team.”
Recalling his ban, he feels that was a phase but everyone’s support pulled him out of it. Despite hailing from a political family background, he feels it’s not his cup of tea and this is the reason his wife is “from the opposition party”, he laughs.
So what does his new instinct say? “Reading and writing. This is my newfound love. I am jotting down things. Who knows tomorrow I might come up with a movie script!”
Or, is he planning an autobiography? “True they make headline these days, but I am too young to write one. As of now, I want to enjoy dancing and my competition is not with anyone. It’s just with oneself.” He, along with small screen actress Shweta Salve and choreographers, were in the city for promotion of their dance show.