The Indian star player Ravindra Jadeja is hailed as one of the most talented all-rounders ever. Over the years, the cricketer has given many memorable performances while representing Team India. His knock during the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup was one of the many memorable performances, however, the knock came after an ugly episode.
Who can forget the ugly banter that took place between Ravindra Jadeja and Sanjay Manjrekar during the 2019 World Cup? The incident took place after Manjrekar had called Jadeja a bits and pieces cricketer. The comments didn’t go down well neither with the fans nor with Jadeja, who took to his Twitter and slammed Manjrekar by asking him to stop it with verbal diarrhea.
Later, during the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup between India and New Zealand, Jadeja played an instrumental knock and brought India closer to victory. He scored 77 off just 59 deliveries and smashed the New Zealand bowlers to all the corners. Followed by his stunning knock, the cricketer was seen performing his famous sword celebration.
Now, Jadeja has revealed that at that moment he was searching for the commentary box after he scored half-century so that he could target his sword celebrations directly at Sanjay Manjrekar. He revealed:
“Tab toh Bhatta garam tha, na! (The grill was hot, then!) I was searching for the commentary box. Then I thought, it must be somewhere there, only. And those who understand would know who I was targeting the celebration at!”
Further, in the interview, Ravindra Jadeja revealed that the Test match against England at ‘The Oval’ in 2018 changed his game. He stated that it was after the game in The Oval that he was able to make a comeback in the Indian ODI side. He said:
“That Test changed everything for me. Poora (complete) game. My performance, my confidence, everything. When you score in English conditions against the best bowling attack, it greatly impacts your confidence. It makes you feel your technique is good enough to score anywhere in the world. Later, Hardik Pandya got injured and I made my ODI comeback. From then on, my game has been going well, touchwood,”
Ravindra Jadeja has now become an integral part of the game in all formats of the game. He will make his next international appearance when the Indian cricket team will lock horns against Kane Williamson-led New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship next month.