Australia allrounder Ashton Agar has revealed how a chat with India’s Ravindra Jadeja helped him turn things around that resulted in a match-winning hat-trick in the series opening T20I against South Africa on Friday. Also Read - Paine Rejects Clarke's 'Australia Scared to Sledge Kohli' Claim, Says Provocation Brings Out The Best in India Captain
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“I had a wonderful chat with Ravindra Jadeja after the India series,” Agar said. “He’s my favourite player in the world. I want to play cricket like he does.” Also Read - India a Difficult Place to Play Test Cricket, Would Love to Win a Series There: Steve Smith
Describing Jadeja as a ‘rockstar’, Agar said he’s impressed by the confidence with which the India cricketer takes the field and exhibits a positive attitude whether batting, bowling or fielding. “He’s an absolute rockstar: smacks them, gun fielder, and spins the ball. But it’s just his presence when he’s out there, watching his confidence… just talking to him about spin bowling, keep trying to spin the ball. When he’s batting he has a really positive attitude, and he takes that attitude into the field as well,” Agar said.
“So I was pretty inspired by talking to him. And I’ve got good people around me: I’ve got a wonderful fiancée – she’s very supportive, so I’m really lucky – and a great family. They’re able to keep me really level,” he added.
Agar took 5/24 from his four overs as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The second match will be played on Sunday at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.