Making Clarke my bunny feels good, says Jadeja
Coming into the series, Michael Clarke was one Australian batsman the Indian bowlers feared a lot. In the previous series between the two teams, Clarke had smashed 329 not out in Sydney in January and then hit 210 in the fourth Test in Adelaide.
He announced his arrival in India with a fluent innings of 130 in the first Test in Chennai and it looked like the Australian captain was set to continue his run feast against the Indians.
But Ravindra Jadeja emerged as the unlikely saviour for India and has now dismissed the Australian captain four times out of the five innings he has played in the series so far to emerge as one of the key players for the hosts.
"It feels good. His wicket is important for the team because if he scores, they get a big score. So it's very important to get him out as soon as possible," Jadeja said in Mohali on Friday after the first day's play.
Image: Michael Clarke walks back after being dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja
The waiting game
The left-arm spinner further added that he has not made any specific plans while bowling to Clarke but has been quite lucky to get his scalp time and again in the series.
"It's just happening. It's not that I want to get him out always, but luckily when I have been bowling he is coming to bat and in this series four times I have got him," he said.
Australia finished the second day on 273 for seven under clear, bright skies after the first day's play had been washed out by rain. The visitors got off to a good start as their openers -- David Warner and Ed Cowan -- put on 137 runs for the opening wicket before India stage a comeback post lunch mainly through Jadeja and Ishant Sharma.
The Saurashtra all-rounder revealed that India was playing a waiting game and hoping that the Australian batsmen would make mistakes if they built up the pressure.
"Not too many runs had been made in the first session, only 109 runs we made, that too in 35 overs. We were waiting that we would get a wicket or two.
"After lunch, when I got my first wicket and [Michael] Clarke got out on the next ball, we were being patient. We didn't want to get hassled and give them too many runs
"We wanted to bowl where we planned, that if we gave them too many runs, they would 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," he said.
Image: Micheael Clarke is stumped by MS Dhoni
'Will push for victory here'
India have a comfortable 2-0 lead in the four-match series but Jadeja said they would still try and push for a victory in the remaining three days.
"We would try to get the remaining three wickets early tomorrow, and then bat well and see the situation over the next two days, and make the game plan accordingly. If we get them out early, we will save time and there would be fewer runs, and if we bat well, we will be able to get a big lead which would be useful in the second innings," he said.
The left-arm spinner said the wicket didn't offer much assistance as compared to the wickets in the previous two Tests and that is why his plan was to keep things tight.
"On this wicket, there was not so much turn as there was in Hyderabad and Chennai, and today's the first day too.
"It was a good wicket for the first day, good for batting too. But my plan is to bowl most of the deliveries on the stumps, not to give them room outside off and leg stumps. If there's turn in the wicket, I try to bowl within the stumps," he said.
Image: David Warner is caught by MS Dhoni