Ravindra Jadeja could not have picked a better match to make a comeback for India. He played against Bangladesh and picked up four wickets for only 29 runs. He stated that he did not have to prove anything to anyone.
He said that he had kept count of the days he had been away from the team, which was roughly around 480 days. But he made his return count and also bagged the Man of the Match award for the match.
At the post-match conference, Jadeja stated that this gap was longer than any of his previous gaps. He also said that he had to challenge himself and sharpen his own abilities and did not have to prove anything to anyone.
This might have been directed towards the selectors as the World Cup is nearing but he said that he was not thinking that far ahead. He said that his aim was to perform the way he performed against Bangladesh in every match he gets to play.
When asked about the 2019 World Cup, he said that it was too far away and he was focusing on this series at the moment. He said there are still many matches left to play before the World Cup so he cannot think about it yet.
He pointed out that he had not been getting chances in Test either because most series had been abroad in the last year, so he wanted to perform on any occasion he got. He said the only thing he could control and focus on was his performance.
Jadeja stated that coming to Dubai was the last minute call. He was playing the Vijay Hazare tournament and he got a last minute call from the selectors who told him to be ready to go to Dubai.
Lastly, asked to comment upon the upcoming match with Pakistan. He said that it did not matter whether it was Pakistan or any other team. He said that playing for India was a matter of pride but India-Pakistan matches certainly attract a lot of attention and excitement.