The word on the street is that Ravindra Jadeja is likely to fetch the heftiest contract in today's Indian Premier League (IPL) players' auction. The all-rounder did himself some good with a Man of the Match performance in the second and final T20 International here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) yesterday.
Ravindra Jadeja (right) celebrates the wicket of David Hussey with
Suresh Raina at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. Pic/AFP
He conceded only 16 runs from three overs, removed the dangerous David Hussey, and influenced two runouts including a stunning effort to remove top-scorer Aaron Finch.
Jadeja admitted that the match-winning performance would elevate his stock. "I wasn't thinking about the auction but it would be nice if this match helps me (in the auction). It's always nice if people appreciate your effort. I really enjoyed bowling today. I wasn't getting much turn, but I varied my pace and length well. I want to continue doing the same in the one-dayers," he told reporters after India's eight-wicket victory.
Jadeja felt that fresh legs have helped India after the forgettable Test series. "Tests and T20s are different, but the youngsters have really lifted the energy levels. Our body language was really aggressive. We fielded really well today and everyone was high on energy," he said.
Eager to perform
"If you see, we have a lot of youngsters in the squad now. They are all really eager to perform well. On the large grounds, you need to be able to dive around and save runs. We all played to our potential," the Saurashtra lad added.
Jadeja said his team knew what to expect in the first one-dayer tomorrow. "The good thing is that we now know what to expect in the first ODI since we know these conditions. We are very confident of a good performance in the ODI leg of the tour. This win will really help our confidence. We needed this win very desperately," he said.