People care about India's Test victories overseas not at home, says Ravindra Jadeja

Basseterre (St Kitts), July 15: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has said Team India is focused on winning Test series overseas and change the way people think about side's performances abroad.

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India, under new head coach Anil Kumble, are in the Caribbean to play 4 Test matches. Jadeja, who is part of the 17-man squad, had a good outing with the ball on the opening day of a 3-day warm-up game against West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President's XI. He claimed 3 wickets yesterday (July 14). First Test starts in Antigua on July 21.

Ravindra Jadeja and Team India are focused on winning in West Indies

Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra impressed with the ball as India restricted WICB President's XI to 180 all out. In reply, India were 93/3 at close of play on the first day on Thursday.

Speaking after the day's play, Jadeja admitted that people don't remember India's wins at home and what they care was victories outside of the country.

"Nowadays, all people care about is how much you have won overseas in Tests and ODIs. So our focus is on that and we want to win here in the West Indies," Jadeja said.

"Everyone says that we win easily in India, so we want to change that thinking. We are a young side and each one of us is eager to win in overseas conditions. Fitness and energy is good in this side and the preparation has been good. We are looking forward to winning this Test series in the West Indies," he added.

The left-hander, who has played 16 Tests, said he was happy to be back in the Test squad.

"It feels good to be playing in the longer format after a long time. You have to be match and also fit for bowling, and I have been working on it. You have to be fit enough to be able to bowl 15-20 overs in a day.

"The way I bowled today felt like I am building towards it and getting back to my full fitness. The wicket was turning slow but there was good bounce available for us. So I was trying to bowl as per my line and length," the 27-year-old said.

According to Jadeja, the conditions in the Caribbean are similar to India. "Mentally, we have to be prepared about hot and humid conditions here. But they are similar to the ones we experience when playing in the Indian summer. So our focus is on thinking about match situations and match conditions, for example when there are long partnerships.

"We have bowled as a unit today and we haven't given away too many runs, which has been our main focus. As a bowling attack, our aim is to bowl three consecutive maiden overs and put pressure on the batsmen," he added.

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