Jayant Yadav: 'Bowlers have to have a very big heart in IPL or T20 cricket'

The off-spinner is known to absorb pressure quickly and get down to the business of foxing the batsmen swiftly.

Jayant Yadav has adapted to the Delhi Daredevils team well. (File Photo)   -  Bhagya Prakash K

Jayant Yadav is an articulate young man who makes his point forcefully and with lot of thought behind his reasoning. The off-spinner is known to absorb pressure quickly and get down to the business of foxing the batsmen swiftly.

As a spinner, he is expected to contain the batsmen. A wicket or two can be a bonus on placid pitches. Does he feel the pressure when pitchforked into a challenging situation?

“Not necessarily. It depends on the individual per se. Bowlers have to have a very big heart in IPL or T20 cricket. It all depends on how you handle your spot in the team. It is batsman’s game, but it also gives equal opportunity to the bowler to take a wicket and have an impact. It is rare in T20 cricket to see a five-wicket haul. Even the one important ticket can make the difference. It depends on you analyse the scenario,” said the Delhi Daredevils (DD) all-rounder, here, on Wednesday.

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Yadav has adapted to the team well. “I know it’s a new season. New team. Fresh preparation. New coach. IPL is a tournament where coach and captain matter a lot. Have to take on different teams, different compositions. Going into every match is a different challenge. Whatever chances I get, I would like to give impactful performances.”

Enjoying his stint with Australian coach Ricky Ponting, who does not mind explaining the same issue five times, Yadav said, “I just want to play quality cricket. If the comeback (to he Indian team) happens, it would be a by-product of those good performances. Playing good holistic game is what I am looking forward to.”

On Daredevils team, he added, “We are a good team. On paper, we have covered all our bases, but you don’t play cricket on paper. We will strive and take one game at a time and play good cricket.”

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