India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 2nd day March 15, 2013

Jadeja happy to be Clarke's bane


In his five innings in India on this tour, Michael Clarke has been dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja four times. His scores in those dismissals have gone from 130 to 91, 16 to a first-ball duck in Mohali.

It is, in any batsman-bowler combination, the beginning of the 'bunny' syndrome. When Jadeja was asked if he was trying to make Australia's best batsman his bunny, he laughed, "Abhi toh waise hi ho raha hai (That's what's happening at the moment)."

Three times, Clarke has been beaten by the ball turning away from the face of his bat. In Chennai, he charged out and ended up miscuing one to long-off. In Hyderabad, he defended with poise only to find the ball whizzing past his eyeline and knocking the top of off. In Mohali, Clarke walked in at a time loaded with significance. Australia have faced a few hairy days - four players were axed from the Test due to disciplinary reasons, the side's best opening partnership of the tour had just been broken and Clarke had moved himself two spots up the order to come in at No. 3.

Off his first ball, Clarke once again charged out to Jadeja. Then he watched mortified as the ball spun past the bat and headed into Dhoni's gloves for a simple stumping. Australia could only stutter through the rest of the day. Jadeja said of his nemesis status against Clarke: "It's not that I only want to get him out. But luckily when I'm bowling he's coming to bat." He said getting Clarke four times "feels good" because Australia are heavily dependent on his form. "So it's very important to get him out as soon as possible."

The failure to take a wicket in the first session did not affect India's morale, Jadeja said, because they had tried to keep the runs down - Australia scored 109 in 35 overs. "We were waiting to get a wicket or two. We wanted to bowl where we had planned. We knew that if we gave them too many runs, they'd be able to score more comfortably. In the first session, we didn't give too many runs; we didn't get wickets, but that we covered in the last two sessions."

Jadeja said India's chances of getting a result from this Test depend on how the first half of the third day's play would go. "We'll try to get the three wickets early tomorrow, and then bat well and see the situation over the next two days."

The Mohali pitch, Jadeja said, didn't turn as much it had on day one in Hyderabad or Chennai. "It was a good wicket for the first day, good for batting too."

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    By and large Indians cant bat on fast and bouny tracks and in conditions favouring swing

    Same way Aussies cant bat on spinning , dry & dusty wickets.

    Indians find it diffcult to deiveries rising above knee height or may be above wies waist line

    Aussies find the deliveries keeping low virtually unplayable

    Season after season

    Still Australia Vs India matches continue charm all cricket lovers

    Both MSD and Clerke have teken away the extra 'Khunnus'

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @Drew2 - Agreed, the last tour for Ind to Aus was a bad one no doubt about that. It doesnt mean Aus pitches are proper test match pitches - do you know what happened previous Ind tours of Aus, most batsmen played well.

  • vinay on March 16, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    good going by jadeja. it was really surprising that instead of getting runs from the bat, he is getting wkt from his golden hand.

    although, runs r also required from his bat, yet its better to hv a player getting share among those 20 opposition wkts than merely having scored some runs. coz, earlier, v found our so-called all rounders only scoring runs n forgetting how to bowl n get wkts. from that angle, jadeja is much better. yet it wud b much better both for him n ind if jadeja shows even 50% of performance shown at domestic level while batting.

  • Bhaskar on March 16, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Clarke is a bunny of Ravinder Jadeja like Ponting was a bunny of Harbhajan. Sachin is the only player who is one of the top 5 players to consistently perform well & has centuries in Australia. If other Indian batsmen are flat track bullies then Australian batsmen are non performers in Sub-content pitches. The best batsman to have played for Australia in the last 20 years was Mike Hussey, he never had problems scoring, slow, fast, spin or pacy pitches, he was next best to Sachin.

  • Liam on March 16, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster! What are you doing here? This is Test cricket! Surely there is some t20 game you can watch or you get get your Legos out and have a lovely time. Leave test cricket to the grown ups.

  • Andrew on March 16, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster Pup has some clue mate. One mistake, out first ball, yet he still averages over 50 on pitches doctored for the home bowlers. I didn't see many Indians fare this well on proper Test match pitches when they were in Australia last.

  • Nathan on March 16, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Not a bad effort from New South Wales - well done Pup. The old adage in Australian cricket still holds true : when you get a NSW cap, a baggy green is included. It's a pity that 75% of Australians couldn't care less what happens to this team - it's certainly not an Australian one.

  • giri on March 16, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    There were many guys fuming when he was selected ahead of Ojha, and others and even abusing Dhoni by saying he was chosen because he plays for CSK, now he proved everyone of them wrong. Hope he will continue it in the remaining series and in SA as well.

  • Alex on March 15, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    I do not like jadeja and i am not fan of any of dhoni's buddies. That said if he can take 2-3 wicket in overseas tour if he could make some 50s. We have all rounder. We will never gona have Kapil Dev type all rounder because all BCCI people are midgets. They can only find another midget. Its the way things works in india. So we have to see and live what is best we got. So that jadeja fielding well bowling decent and batting single digit better than What ishant sharma doing.

  • Jay on March 15, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    A terrific young player !!!! Take a bow Jadeja !!! In Indian conditions, he's as good as ANY left arm spinner. Fantastic to watch. Pup had NO CLUE.

  • No featured comments at the moment.