At the 2022 T20 World Cup, Ravindra Jadeja’s services were missed by the Indian cricket team. The absence of the star all-rounder meant the side’s balance suffered in the mega-event, where the Rohit Sharma-led side lost to England in the semi-finals. Over the years, Jadeja has become an important member of the Indian cricket team with his crafty left arm spin, reliable lower-order batsman and great fielding game. Jadeja, who missed the T20 World Cup due to injury, has played 60 Tests, 171 ODIs and 64 T20Is for India so far.
He recently told about an interesting incident involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former India captain MS Dhoni.
“I had first met him (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) in 2010 in Ahmedabad. He was then the chief minister of Gujarat,” Jadeja said in a video posted by Free Press Journal.
#WATCH: Ravindra Jadeja remembers when Modi introduced him to MS Dhoni as ‘Apna Ladka Hai’
— Free press journal (@fpjindia) November 21, 2022
“We (India) had a match against South Africa at Motera Stadium. Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni), who was our captain at the time, introduced me to him. Modi Sahab ne khud bola ki ‘bhai ye toh apna ladka hai, dhyaan rakhna (Modi Sir said, ‘He is our boy, take care of him)’.
“You feel special when someone of such a tall stature says this in person. I felt really good when he said this.”
Jadeja’s wife Rivaba is the face of BJP from Jamnagar North constituency in Gujarat Assembly elections.
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Recently, Chennai Super Kings released their full list of retained players for the upcoming season of the IPL and many of their fans were overjoyed to see the name of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in it. The CSK star had a torrid season in IPL 2022 as his own performance and that of the team immediately declined after taking over the captain’s armband. Midway through the season, the CSK captaincy was handed back to MS Dhoni.
There was a lot of speculation about Jadeja’s future with the franchise, as several news reports claimed that he had fallen out with management. But all that speculation was put to rest last week when Jadeja was on CSK’s detained players list.
CSK took to Twitter to post about Jadeja’s retention and the tweet has gone viral. “Eighth miracle to stay with us,” CSK wrote.
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