Ravindra Jadeja has made huge strides in improving his batting under pressure, said Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji after the all-rounder's 22 off 8 balls won them the match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.
"I think, this was exactly one-year back in Dubai, the second game against KKR, Jaddu (Jadeja) won us the game in the last over. I recollected and little-bit went back with the memory and I thought when Ravi was playing, he would do some kind of magic and he has improved his batting under pressure," Balaji said in the post-match press conference.
Chasing a target of 172 CSK needed 26 runs off the final two overs when Jadeja blasted pacer Prasidh Krishna's 19th over for 22 runs. Spinner Sunil Narine dismissed Sam Curran and Jadeja while giving away 3 runs off five balls. Deepak Chahar ran the winning run off the final ball to bring up a 2-wicket victory for CSK.
"And he (Jadeja) is showing that on the field and making sure, helping us to cross the line. It is a wonderful to see Ravi coming a little-bit higher and higher in his batting order, his batting ability has changed overall in the last one or two years, added Balaji. Meanwhile, KKR chief mentor David Hussey said that pacer Prasidh Krishna, who was taken to task by a blistering Ravindra Jadeja, was beaten by a better player.
Despite the humbling performance, KKR's mentor David Hussey felt it was on off-day for Krishna and stressed that the pacer was still a part of their plans.
"PK (Prasidh Krishna) has been (an) amazing depth bowler for us throughout this tournament, in the last two games, so he is definitely in our plans to bowl. Unfortunately, he got beaten by a better player today in Jadeja. I'm sure knowing PK he is going to bounce back and become the world class bowler that he actually is normally," Hussey said.
Sunday's win took CSK to the top of the table, while KKR stayed fourth in the standing with eight point from 10 matches. CSK will next face Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday, whike KKR will take on Delhi Capitals on Tuesday.