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Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja revealed that captain MS Dhoni has promised to give him more opportunities to make his presence felt with the bat in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Both Dhoni and Jadeja were retained by the Super Kings prior to the IPL auction for INR 15 crores and INR 7 crores respectively.
In the past, Jadeja usually came in lower down the order to provide fireworks towards the end of the innings. However, the 29-year-old insisted that things will be much different this time around.
“Mahi bhai told me that I will get batting opportunities in the IPL this year,” Jadeja told the New Indian Express. “He said that I have the ability of a proper batsman, and I am not the flash in the pan type of batsman. And I should think like that.
“It was really encouraging for me. So, I am concentrating more on the batting aspect of my game and trying to get used to playing the anchor role.
“I am quite happy with the way I am bowling. In fact, I am focusing more on my batting now. I do not want to be a player who is known for hitting those 20-odd runs. I want to play the anchor role, just like I did today.”
While Jadeja is extremely focused on his batting, he made it clear that he is also devoting time to maintaining his standards while bowling. Furthermore, he revealed that he is trying to bowl from different angles to make life difficult for batsmen.
“It (pace variation) is the most important thing. I am trying to do that. I am using different angles to bowl,” he said.