IPL 2020: After horses, Jadeja ready to run the course
Jadeja is 10th on the list of all-time wicket-takers in the IPL with 108 scalps from 170 matches.
As far as lockdown diaries go, Ravindra Jadeja spent a good part of the break from cricket in a unique way - with his horses. And having spent some quality time with his four horses and also working on his fitness in the meantime, the Indian all-rounder is eager to get cracking on the cricket field.
The 31-year-old can't wait to don the yellow of the Chennai Super Kings and stride out for this season's IPL opener against defending champions the Mumbai Indians.
"Feeling very happy and very excited to be back in yellow and looking forward to playing some good cricket here in the UAE," said Jadeja.
And he said that the squad, captained by former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, were raring to get going in the tournament, which was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Hopefully, we get some good net sessions before our first game. We all look very pumped up and energetic. Hopefully, we can give our best for the first game," he said.
The Chennai Super Kings, who have won the IPL title three times, square off against four-time champions Mumbai Indians at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on September 19.
And Jadeja looks primed for the season ahead, having used the break to work on his fitness. Looking sharp and supremely fit, Jadeja said that the lockdown over the past few months gave him the opportunity to do so.
"I've been training at home. I was running, I was doing some weight training. So, that helped me a lot to keep me fit. Even here, during the 14-day quarantine, I've been doing my regular routines," he said.
That apart, Jadeja, who has played 49 Tests, 165 ODIs and 49 T20Is, got ample time to spend with his four horses named Ganga, Kesar, Dhanraj and a new addition called Veer.
And while he misses them, Jadeja said that the time had come to get back onto the field and play cricket.
"Obviously, I do but I had a lot of time with them during the lockdown," Jadeja when asked if he missed his horses.
"I was in the farm house and I spent a lot of time with them and I was taking care of them. So, hopefully, time to play some cricket," he added.
Jadeja is 10th on the list of all-time wicket-takers in the IPL with 108 scalps from 170 matches. He has also scored 1,927 runs from the same number of matches.
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