After completing the five-fer that wrapped up the New Zealand innings, Ravindra Jadeja said that Kane Williamson's wicket in the morning was the crucial point in the game. The left-armer also praised coach Anil Kumble, whose inputs helped him break the back of the Kiwis' batting order.
Kane Williamson's patient partnership along with Tom Latham had seen the visitors put up a strong show on day 2 and they had continued to strike fifties one after the other as New Zealand was at 152/1 at one point. However, Ravichandran Ashwin removed Latham before coming back to take out Williamson with the ball of the match so far. Speaking about the day's play, Ravindra Jadeja said, "We knew that it is Kane who can really bat for long in their line-up. The plan was to get him out. We know others can't bat for long hours. We got four wickets in the morning session and that was game-changing," at the press conference at the end of day's play.
Jadeja also praised Ashwin's delivery and said, "It was a good ball. It came through the bat and pad. It was a fantastic ball."
Jadeja also praised coach Anil Kumble's inputs that helped him bring out a brilliant performance.
"He asked me to bowl in rough areas and look for angles and bowling from wide off the crease. There were a lot of footmarks around the off stump area. He told me that those marks will have a bearing on the minds of the batsmen," he said.
Jadeja credited his and partner Ashwin's ability to stick to the plan as a major reason for India's sudden change in fortunes. Despite the Kiwis holding strong, India attacked until they received the breakthroughs which came in clumps.
"There is not much that we changed. We knew we have to get one wicket and two-three can fall immediately after that. They were trying to play shots and we knew they will make one or other mistake. We bowled from outside off stump, built pressure and executed our plans well," he said.
Jadeja also had one major advantage – he has spent his lifetime playing on such pitches.
"I have been playing on these pitches for the last so many years. Since my Under-14, Under 16, Under 19 days, I have played on similar pitches, same conditions. We have also played on underprepared pitches so that gives you experience," he said.
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