Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir believes that Ravindra Jadeja will get more confidence when he plays match-winning knock overseas. On March 5, Jadeja played an innings of 175 not out against Sri Lanka. The left-hander came out to bat when the team was struggling at 228/5. His innings helped India amass a total of 574/8.Â
The Rohit Sharma-led side went to beat the visitors by innings and 22 runs. Notably, the Dimuth Karunaratne led side could only muster 174 all-out, one run less than Jadeja. Meanwhile, Gambhir feels that the Saurashtra all-rounder milked the likes of bowlers such as Dhanajaya De Silva, Charitha Asalanka, and Lasith Embuldenya.Â
â€œI feel the innings Ravindra Jadeja played in Australia or the knocks he has played outside India, he will get more confidence from that. Stats can be very misleading,â€ Gambhir said on Star Sports.
â€œThere was a time after the century where he was just milking – Dhananjaya de Silva, (Charith) Asalanka and (Lasith) Embuldeniya were bowling but if you talk about Australia or England, the 40 or 50-run contributions there are probably much more important than this innings.â€
However, the former India opener added that Jadeja’s innings were a by-product of the tough runs the latter has scored in overseas tours in the past.Â
â€œThese 175 runs are the by-product of how Ravindra Jadeja has batted in overseas conditions. You only see the end result but the lead up to these 175 runs, there has been a lot of effort put in that, he scored runs in very difficult circumstances and conditions and that is why he got a chance at No. 6 or No. 7,” he added.