Mohali: He did not really term Michael Clarke his bunny, keeping in mind the threat the Australian skipper could pose, but Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was more than thrilled to have taken the batsman`s wicket one more time in the ongoing Test series.
Clarke was flummoxed first ball by Jadeja as Australia reached 273 for three on the second day of the third and penultimate Test here today.
He lured Clarke to come down the wicket, only to be stumped by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The left-arm spinner has already dismissed Clarke three times in the series.
"Bunny...I don`t know. It`s just that whenever I have the ball, he is there facing me," Jadeja said when asked if he was doing to Clarke what Harbhajan Singh had done with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting in the past.
Considering Clarke`s propensity to notch up big scores, it was a breakthrough India were looking at.
"It`s a very important wicket because if you allow him to settle down, he can make big scores. So I am very thrilled," Jadeja said.
After the specialist bowlers failed, India turned to Jadeja to give the team the much-needed breakthrough, removing David Warner after the opener had added 139 runs for the first wicket with Ed Cowan.
Considering that one entire day has been lost due to rain, the 24-year-old player was of the opinion that India needed to wrap up Australia`s first innings as soon as possible.
"The aim is to not let them score enough runs, we would look to take the remaining three wickets as soon as possible so that we get enough time to bat", he said.
First Published: Friday, March 15, 2013, 19:04