Ravindra ‘300’ Jadeja
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After batting for two days at the Khanderi Stadium, Jadeja has achieved one target and almost closed in on the other. And the season is not over yet, not by a distance.
"If you ask me what I need the most now it is a good night's sleep," Jadeja told The Indian Express at the end of the second day's play. The innings demanded patience because when Jadeja walked out to bat on Saturday, Saurashtra were 90/4. He was batting on 111 at stumps on Day 1. On Sunday, the hosts were 534 for 6.
"We needed a long partnership which Kotak and I got. I still can't believe that I have scored another triple hundred, but it was my aim to score big runs. People consider me a T20 and an ODI specialist and I knew that if I score 60s or 70s, it will not help me or my team. Now, I hope that people will change their impression about me and consider me good enough to score runs in the longer format too," he said.
Though he has fallen down the pecking order in Team India's scheme of things, the all-rounder believes that he will make a comeback to international cricket. "I don't interact much with people. So they think I'm an akdoo (arrogant). I can't change that perception, but I hope that these runs will help me make a comeback to the Indian team," Jadeja said. So is he eyeing 400? "I'm not thinking about it."
Brief scores: Saurashtra 534 for 6 (R Jadeja batting 320, K Makvana 78*, S Kotak 68, H Rathod 2/84, S Bangar 2/89) v Railways
Is the number of batsmen, including Jadeja, who have made three triple hundreds in the history of first-class cricket. The other batsmen are: Don Bradman (six in 234 matches), Bill Ponsford (four in 162), Wally Hammond (four in 634), WG Grace (three in 870), Graeme Hick (three in 526), Brian Lara (three in 261) and Michael Hussey (three in 265). Jadeja, 24, has played only 41 matches.
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