Those one-and-a-half years were filled with sleepless nights… thought how do I bounce back: Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja will visit England in 2018 where his fortunes dramatically changed for good. Jadeja, who was not a part of the Test and ODI teams, has now become one of the core players of this World Test Championship team.

Jadeja talks with The Indian Express about going from an average batsman to a power hitter, his sizzling fielding, his formative years as a bowler, as well as his famous celebration after scoring fifty in the 2019 World Cup semi-final.

Sleepless nights filled those one-and-a-half years. It wasn’t uncommon for me to stay up until 4:00 or 5:00 in that phase. It made me wonder what to do, how can I bounce back?

I was unable to sleep. As we toured overseas a lot, I was in the Test squad but didn’t play. I didn’t play ODIs. Although I would not be playing domestically, I would be traveling with the Indian team. My chances of proving myself were nonexistent. My thoughts would constantly turn to how I would return.

My life was forever changed by the 2018 Oval Test. Everything about me: my performance, my confidence. Getting a win against an English bowling attack of the highest caliber greatly boosts your confidence. The feeling is that you’re a skilled player who can score anywhere on earth. I returned to ODI cricket after Hardik Pandya’s injury and it has gone well for me since then.