Despite back-to-back half-centuries and some consistent performances with the ball, Ravindra Jadeja has not been on the winning side so far this ODI series. Jadeja said the difference between the sides has not been as big as the scoreline suggests but that the Indians may have panicked a bit in close games.
On losing tight games
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. We just need to avoid panicking and we can get positive results.
On difference in sides
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.
On his tour so far
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. As for batting, I was just hoping that I get some time in the middle, play three-four overs and then go for my shots. I did not think too much, did not experiment too much, just played my game.
On wickets in NZ
You get turn on Indian wickets and that plays on the mind of the batsman, who does not blindly step out and play his shots. In the last game, it was an India-like wicket. It was soft, the ball was turning.(Kane) Williamson’s game is to step out all the time, but he did not do that in the last match. That is the difference between when it turns and when it does not.
On turning it around
Everyone wants to do well but at times, it does not click for a period of four-five games. Everyone is working hard. We have won tournaments and series before the tour to South Africa (where the down-turn started).