Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has said that the fifth Test against host England in 2018 changed everything for him. He said that the performance in that Test gave him a lot of confidence as he was struggling in his career those days and was struggling to make it to the Indian team in all three formats.
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Jadeja told The Indian Express, ‘That test changed everything for me. Full game. My performance, my confidence, everything. When you score against the best bowling attack in English conditions, it greatly affects your confidence. It makes you feel that your technique is good enough to score anywhere in the world. Later Hardik Pandya got injured and I returned in ODIs. Since then my game is going well. ‘
Recalling the days of being out of the Indian team, the all-rounder said, ‘To be honest, he had slept nights for a year and a half. In that period, I remember that I used to get up at 4-5 in the morning. I was wondering what to do, how do I come back? I could not sleep. I used to lie down, but would stay awake.
Jadeja further said, ‘I was in the Test team, but was not playing. I was not playing ODI. I was not even playing domestic cricket, because I was traveling with the Indian team. I was not getting any chance to prove myself. I kept thinking how I would come back. ‘ Jadeja has now played 51 Tests, 168 ODIs and 50 T20 Internationals for India.