I stayed away from cricket, spent time with my horses: Ravindra Jadeja

Bengaluru, Oct 20: After being dropped from the Indian team in June, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja stayed away from cricket for a couple of months, the left-hander has revealed today.

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'Rockstar' Jadeja was out of the national team for 4 months and was yesterday (October 19) recalled to the Test side to face South Africa from next month.

Jadeja with his horse 'Veer'

The 26-year-old has been in roaring form in the Ranji Trophy so far for Saurashtra. He is the leading wicket-taker with 24 victims from just 2 matches besides scoring 2 half centuries.

The performances in India's premier domestic tournament forced the Sandeep Patil-led selection committee to include Jadeja for the opening 2 Tests of the 4-match series. He replaced Harbhajan Singh in the squad, led by Virat Kohli.

Talking to the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) official website, Jadeja has said he spent time at his farm house with his horses after being omitted from the team for Zimbabwe tour in June. Jadeja last played for India on June 21 in a ODI against Bangladesh.

"Couple of months before the start of the season, after I played my last ODI in Bangladesh I stayed away from cricket. I didn't go anywhere near a ground or bat or ball or did anything related to cricket. I had decided that I have to start the Ranji season afresh," Jadeja told bcci.tv on Tuesday (October 20).

"I had decided to switch my mind off cricket and so got involved in other activities. I spent time at my farm house with my horses and spent time with my friends," he added.

On how he started preparations for Ranji Trophy, he said, "When preparations started a month ahead of the Ranji Trophy season, I decided this is my time and I have to focus and work on my strengths and come back into the team. I played district-level matches.

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"I thought that all the match practice that I can get ahead of the season is good. Whatever matches I played was an opportunity and challenge for me to perform since the upcoming series is in India.

"Luckily, the season started and I did well at the start itself. The timing was right for everything. It was good thing that I could perform. Sometimes, it so happens that you have to wait for five-six months to prove yourself and get back into the (national) side. So I would say that I was lucky that things fell into place for me at the start of the season itself."

The 4-Test series between India and South Africa starts in Mohali on November 5.

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