Ravindra Jadeja is currently plying his trade in the 2019 edition of the World Cup. However, the 30-year-old had to wait for quite some time to get his first chance in the mega event. After playing the two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh, he was benched. It was only after India qualified for the semis that the all-rounder got an opportunity against Sri Lanka.
During that game at the Headingley, he bowled with precision, picking up the wicket of Kusal Mendis. The performance impressed the selectors and he was included in the eleven for the semi-final against New Zealand at the Old Trafford in Manchester. He didn’t disappoint and tied down the batters with his accuracy. The left-arm spinner also castled opening batsman Henry Nicholls.
In the meantime, Rivaba Jadeja, Ravindra’s better-half, wants her husband to win the trophy and bring the same to Jamnagar, which is the cricketer’s hometown. “My wish is to see Ravindra lifting the World Cup Trophy and bring it to Jamnagar. Ranjitsinhji and Duleepsinhji were also from Jamnagar, hope he will bring the Cup to Jamnagar,” Rivaba was quoted as saying in India Today.
Jadeja’s altercation with Manjrekar
Amidst some impressive cricket on the pitch, Ravindra Jadeja has also been involved in some off-field exchanges with Indian commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who called him a ‘bits and pieces player’. Manjrekar said that he doesn’t like Jadeja type of players and he is only a specialist bowler in Test cricket. Moreover, the 53-year-old mentioned that the Saurashtra all-rounder doesn’t fit the bill for ODI cricket.
The words didn’t please Jadeja by any means and subsequently, he lashed out at Manjrekar, referring to his words as ‘verbal diarrhoea’. Asking Manjrekar to respect people with achievements, Jadeja pointed out the number of games both have played in their respective international careers. Later, Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, took a dig at Manjrekar.
Manjrekar ended up blocking Vaughan, who also posted a screenshot of the same on social media. As far as Jadeja is concerned, he would be looking to end his World Cup campaign on a positive note. His job in the semis isn’t over though as the match has gone into the reserve day after only 46.1 overs were possible on July 9 due to persistent rain.
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