Eyeing a consolation win in the fifth and final one-dayer, Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said his teammates need to avoid panicking to curb the “little errors” that have cost them the series against New Zealand.
“It is just that we panic a bit and we have to reduce that percentage, those little errors. I don’t think there is any major problem as to why we are not clicking in batting and bowling,” said Jadeja, defending his team-mates ahead of the fifth ODI.
“We just need to avoid panicking and we can get positive results.”
Jadeja said the side is desperate to win the match to turn around its dismal tour so far. The Men in Blue have squandered the five-match series away 3-0, after losses in Napier and Hamilton (twice), whilst tying the ODI in Auckland.
They need to win this match on Friday to avoid a 4-0 embarrassment.
“We want to win. We will have to win to keep a good morale for the Test series and going forward on the tour,” said Jadeja.
“We have to be positive and give 100 percent for there is nothing left to think now. We know our calibre and our capability and we have already done it in the past, in overseas conditions as well.
“I don’t think there is a big difference in what the two sides are doing at the moment. It is about small things. In one-day cricket, two-three overs can make a difference, if you concede extra runs or cannot score enough in that period. That is a problem for us and we have to avoid mistakes in such times,” he added.
After taking his time to adjust earlier on in the series, Jadeja has come into his own in the last two matches. He put up a brave partnership with R Ashwin at Eden Park and then played a stellar role in single-handedly tying that third ODI, keeping the series alive for his team.
At Hamilton thereafter, in the fourth ODI, Jadeja scored a his second consecutive fifty to propel his side to a fighting total after a top-order collapse.
“There is no secret, I was just backing myself,” Jadeja replied, when asked about the secret of his recent individual success.
“In the first two games the runs and wickets did not come. I was thinking that good times aren’t around always. You have to face tough periods as well, and hope that they get over as soon as possible. I wanted to minimise my mistakes and work hard to get through this phase. This is how I was motivating myself,” he said.
“As for batting, I was just hoping that I continued…