Must Read: An Open Letter to Sir Ravindra Jadeja
Dear Ravindra Jadeja,
In 2009, I had a lot of doubts about your ability to stand up in crucial situations. You were included in team India’s illustrious ODI and T20 squad that year. Sorry, but two incidents have completely shaken my confidence in you as a cricket fan that year.
- At the ICC world T20 (June 2009), India needed 154-run to win in a do or die match against England. Surprisingly, you came to the crease and played a sedate knock of 25 off 35 balls – snatching away the sure victory from us. India was defeated by 3 runs in the match and couldn’t advance in this tournament.
- Again you missed the golden opportunity at an ODI match against Australia in November 2009. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar set the tone of the match with his well-crafted 175 off 141 balls. India needed just 19 off 17 balls when he got out. But again you (Ravindra Jadeja) played irresponsibly and got ran out. India has again lost the match by 3 runs.
I had lost all hopes from you since then. But I’m very happy that you proved me wrong in such a vehement manner.
Now, after any match, I am compel to say – thank you “Sir Ravindra Jadeja” for your outstanding performance. I hope you will carry that same magnificent form in the upcoming Paytm ODI series against England too, starting from today onwards.
Every time you go out to bat or ball, I am damn sure that you would do something special. You are performing exceedingly well in all three formats of the game on constant basis.
The Top 5 Unknown Facts about Ravindra Jadeja
- Ravindra Jadeja scored triple tons in first-class cricket in 2012, becoming the first Indian player to do so in a single year. Don Bradman, Lara and Grace accomplished the feat before him while playing for their respective domestic teams.
- Jaddu was declared Number 1 bowler by the ICC in 2013 in ODIs. It was only the second occasion after 1996 an Indian bowler could do that. Kumble climbed on to the top of ICC bowlers ranking in 1996.
- The Aussie legend Shane Warne bestowed Ravindra Jadeja with the nickname of “Rockstar”. Now, India calls him “Sir”.
- Ravinder Jadeja owns a restaurant, “Jaddu’s Food Field” in Rajkot (Gujarat).
- Jadeja has a humble past. His father worked as a security guard while his late mother worked as a nurse. It was during this turbulent period, Jadeja wore used shoes of others just to play cricket.
Kudos to Sir Ravindra Jadeja: Success Speaks
It was only your sheer determination and hard work that you have come a long way. Cementing your berth in India’s magnificent test squad is a surreal achievement – but you did it miraculously.
You gave us enormous moments to rejoice for the last few months, together, courtesy your astonishing bowling and all-round performance. Grabbing 10-wicket for 154-run in the final test against England and adding your tally to overall 26 wickets in the five-test series was fantastic. You were absolutely lethal while dismissing England captain Alistair Cook 6 times in the five-test series.
No doubt, you are a captain’s nightmare. In 2013, you remarkably removed the then Aussie Captain Michael Clarke five out of the six innings in the series. You finished the tally with 24-wicket in 2013 Border Gavaskar Series.
A couple of years later, you again did the incredible job by upsetting the Proteas captain Hashim Amla. Dismissing a super defensive batsman like Amla in four out of seven innings is really incredible. Your astonishing tally of 23-wicket in that test series against South Africa was memorable.
You are definitely the best all-rounder that team India has found in recent times. Your ability to play some gritty batting down the order and pairing it up with super bowling is simply awesome.
We are proud to witness your glorious performance day in and day out. Just a humble request – keep your knack of picking wickets and scoring useful runs down the order in bouncy pitches too. I’m sure you can do it.
A Cricket Fan