IPL 2013 April 9, 2013

CSK pay tribute to 'Sir Jadeja'

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Most of you have probably heard several jokes about 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja, in the Chuck Norris/Rajnikanth template, floating around. How about his one? "Sir Jadeja once wanted to make a silt mountain to play as a kid, now we all call it Mt Everest." That one's courtesy Jadeja's India and Chennai Super Kings' captain, MS Dhoni.

Jadeja had to put up with some serious ribbing from Dhoni and his Super Kings' team-mates on Tuesday, prior to their evening practice session in Mohali. Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, and even franchise official Gurunath Meiyappan, all got into the act, tweeting joke after joke about "Sir Jadeja". Among other things, Jadeja was credited with inventing something new every time he made an error, making the road move whenever he sat in his jeep with the intention of going for a drive, and making the ball come to him instead of running to claim a catch.

Jadeja's response? He tweeted Dhoni and Raina confirming he had no intention of being the next Rajnikanth, and went on to pose for photos in the team bus with Raina.

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  • the_blue_android on April 12, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    after the recent test series, i'm convinced that sir is a better bowler than ashwin.

  • mohamedtoufiq on April 10, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    He is not over rated @WacCo. He is a very good thinking cricketer.

  • Temuzin on April 10, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Jokes apart. Jaddu is a serious cricketer and has risen through the ranks from a very humble background (son of an autorickshaw driver). Hats off to him for his tenacity and drive. Go on Jaddu shine and then jokes will be on team mates/fans.

  • prinston.nsv on April 10, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    humour is good on its side but seriously in recent days jadeja has proved himself in every format of the game... his bowling in last aus series shown improvements... he is batting well down the order... it's rightly said that criticism makes you even positive sometimes... Go on jaddu...

  • on April 10, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Great cricketer Sir Jaddu!The future of Indian cricket!!! Best wishes!!!

  • SinSpider on April 10, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    It is sad that many people have a negative opinion about Jadeja. He is an alrounder. He fields superbly. His bowling and batting need improvement. Unfortunately, for some reasons Jadeja does not get as many chances as Rohit Sharma or Sehwag gets.

  • agarkarno1 on April 10, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    That was really a good one from Suresh..! My god i couldnot stop laughing in my office. Especially suspending the refree was the best one to me.. Jokes apart, We dont have good spinners in domestic circuit, because we always stressed to develop fast bowlers. As a result, we are getting new fast bowlers like Bhuvanesh, Shami, Ishwar, Dinda,Umesh,Vinay,Mithun etc coming every day, but for spin we need to go back to Mishra, or Chawla or Bhajji. Guys, we are at a threat of not producing quality spinners and even Ashwin and Ojha have got their bowling averages of more than 28 in Ranjis but look at Jadeja his bowling average is 25 and has taken 171 wickets and has an batting average of 51 making 3000-odd runs. Now that he has started to shine in international matches also by taking more than 20 wickets in Australia tour. We need to preserve him and celebrate him

  • Iluuvcricket on April 10, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    My earliest memory of Sir Jadeja in international cricket was the Hyderabad ODI, where the little master batted magically, but Jadeja was playing and running like a maniac. I always and still do have a negative view of him, hope he turns that into a positive view in the future. He has to prove himself in foreign conditions to be able to distinguish himself to other domestic kings. His career has just started, let's see how he fares in difficult conditions. The same is true for Ashwin. Players will be remembered on how they fare in difficult and testing conditions for batting and bowling. I don't take the recent series against Australia as a parameter for the entire Indian team, whether the captain, nor the players.

    I hope the players prove me wrong when they visit South Africa, specially IPL and home condition kings like Dhoni, Murali Vijay, Ashwin, and Sir Jadeja.

  • on April 10, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    I would like to add some facts about Sir Jadeja..

    *Once Clarke tried a Straight 'Drive' on Sir Jadeja's bowling; Jadeja immediately asked Clarke to show his Driving Licence!! *Sir Jadeja can make a century in FIFA World cup match. *Form is temporary, Sir Jadeja is permanent. *The batsman playing in the actual stadium is declared out if even Sir Jadeja gets his wicket in EA Sports Cricket (Computer Game) . *Once Sir Jadeja suspended match referee for doubting his bowling actions .. *Sir Jadeja can take a wicket by catching a ball outside boundary. *The reason why Kochi Tuskers Kerala team got destroyed was that the owners failed to call him "Sir" Jadeja. *Also, the rays coming from Jadeja's eyes can literally burn away the batsmen. That is why he always wears a sun-glasses while bowling. *All the stars present in the sky are actually the balls which Jadeja hit out of the orbit. Whoops... He' going to punish me because in some places I didn't put "Sir" in-front of his name...

  • vinodkumargb on April 10, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan, ya that sachin's 175 match still haunts me :( Jadeja should have finished that mach :(

  • the_blue_android on April 12, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    after the recent test series, i'm convinced that sir is a better bowler than ashwin.

  • mohamedtoufiq on April 10, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    He is not over rated @WacCo. He is a very good thinking cricketer.

  • Temuzin on April 10, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Jokes apart. Jaddu is a serious cricketer and has risen through the ranks from a very humble background (son of an autorickshaw driver). Hats off to him for his tenacity and drive. Go on Jaddu shine and then jokes will be on team mates/fans.

  • prinston.nsv on April 10, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    humour is good on its side but seriously in recent days jadeja has proved himself in every format of the game... his bowling in last aus series shown improvements... he is batting well down the order... it's rightly said that criticism makes you even positive sometimes... Go on jaddu...

  • on April 10, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Great cricketer Sir Jaddu!The future of Indian cricket!!! Best wishes!!!

  • SinSpider on April 10, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    It is sad that many people have a negative opinion about Jadeja. He is an alrounder. He fields superbly. His bowling and batting need improvement. Unfortunately, for some reasons Jadeja does not get as many chances as Rohit Sharma or Sehwag gets.

  • agarkarno1 on April 10, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    That was really a good one from Suresh..! My god i couldnot stop laughing in my office. Especially suspending the refree was the best one to me.. Jokes apart, We dont have good spinners in domestic circuit, because we always stressed to develop fast bowlers. As a result, we are getting new fast bowlers like Bhuvanesh, Shami, Ishwar, Dinda,Umesh,Vinay,Mithun etc coming every day, but for spin we need to go back to Mishra, or Chawla or Bhajji. Guys, we are at a threat of not producing quality spinners and even Ashwin and Ojha have got their bowling averages of more than 28 in Ranjis but look at Jadeja his bowling average is 25 and has taken 171 wickets and has an batting average of 51 making 3000-odd runs. Now that he has started to shine in international matches also by taking more than 20 wickets in Australia tour. We need to preserve him and celebrate him

  • Iluuvcricket on April 10, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    My earliest memory of Sir Jadeja in international cricket was the Hyderabad ODI, where the little master batted magically, but Jadeja was playing and running like a maniac. I always and still do have a negative view of him, hope he turns that into a positive view in the future. He has to prove himself in foreign conditions to be able to distinguish himself to other domestic kings. His career has just started, let's see how he fares in difficult conditions. The same is true for Ashwin. Players will be remembered on how they fare in difficult and testing conditions for batting and bowling. I don't take the recent series against Australia as a parameter for the entire Indian team, whether the captain, nor the players.

    I hope the players prove me wrong when they visit South Africa, specially IPL and home condition kings like Dhoni, Murali Vijay, Ashwin, and Sir Jadeja.

  • on April 10, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    I would like to add some facts about Sir Jadeja..

    *Once Clarke tried a Straight 'Drive' on Sir Jadeja's bowling; Jadeja immediately asked Clarke to show his Driving Licence!! *Sir Jadeja can make a century in FIFA World cup match. *Form is temporary, Sir Jadeja is permanent. *The batsman playing in the actual stadium is declared out if even Sir Jadeja gets his wicket in EA Sports Cricket (Computer Game) . *Once Sir Jadeja suspended match referee for doubting his bowling actions .. *Sir Jadeja can take a wicket by catching a ball outside boundary. *The reason why Kochi Tuskers Kerala team got destroyed was that the owners failed to call him "Sir" Jadeja. *Also, the rays coming from Jadeja's eyes can literally burn away the batsmen. That is why he always wears a sun-glasses while bowling. *All the stars present in the sky are actually the balls which Jadeja hit out of the orbit. Whoops... He' going to punish me because in some places I didn't put "Sir" in-front of his name...

  • vinodkumargb on April 10, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan, ya that sachin's 175 match still haunts me :( Jadeja should have finished that mach :(

  • sweetspot on April 10, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    All is good in humour and jest. Coming from his teammates, many of who are highly accomplished themselves, this is definitely going to go down with giggles, laughter and grins. But many foolish fans and cricket followers are guaranteed to take this as a license to criticize Jadeja and make fun of him, even if he does well and even though he has proven himself very well in a highly competitive sport. Indian fans have a vicious need to criticize someone or the other for everything, and most of them haven't ever accomplished anything that can compare to even a fraction of what this young man has. But fools always choose what is easy to do - criticize and condemn without any chance of a repercussion. Well, didn't see his performance against the Aussies or what?

  • Wacco on April 10, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    One of the most overrated cricketer of all time!!!

  • on April 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Sri Sri Pandit Sir Lord Ravindra Jadeja is the best alrounder ever!

  • asimzf on April 10, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Josh.. Sir is already a master of all four formats of cricket. The fourth format is the one in which Sir bowls to Sir and is fielded by Sir.

  • on April 10, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Does anyone see similarities between Ravindra Jadeja and Gary Sobers? Nonetheless, these jokes have a deep meaning. I have just got this feeling that Ravindra Jadeja will become the greatest all-rounder ever (better than Sobers and Kallis). Sobers was untested in the shorter formats, whereas Jadeja has a real shot as mastering all three formats. Mark my words: wait for a few years, this lad will have conquered most of the records.

  • on April 10, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Great that jaddu takes it in a sportive manner! For his performance against Aussies he is really SIR JADDDU!!

  • ramli on April 10, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    There would always be a whipping boy in any place ... it is Jadeja for CSK ... he should enjoy this funny attention ... though what you do on the field really matters

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 10, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    He is still SIR jadeja to me. I can't forget the loss of 2 T20 WC and that ODI game where he made sachins 175 knock against Aus in Hyd useless.

    If he wins games abroad particularly in the upcoming SA tour and if he wins atleast 2 knockout games for us then many fans may forgive him and he may become real Sir jadeda. But until then he is SIR Jadeja to me.

  • satishchandar on April 10, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    ROFL.. Guys just chilling out during the break.. It might sound as pressure off tactics.. But if they don't show their "A" performance in the field, it will turn out as poor joke.. A distraction for the team..

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 10, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    hope that does not make any rift among them.

  • on April 10, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Once Sir Jadeja scored three FC 300s in India. Oh wait, this isn't a joke!

  • ram5160 on April 10, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Great of Jaddu to take it in such a sporting manner.

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  • ram5160 on April 10, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Great of Jaddu to take it in such a sporting manner.

  • on April 10, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Once Sir Jadeja scored three FC 300s in India. Oh wait, this isn't a joke!

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 10, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    hope that does not make any rift among them.

  • satishchandar on April 10, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    ROFL.. Guys just chilling out during the break.. It might sound as pressure off tactics.. But if they don't show their "A" performance in the field, it will turn out as poor joke.. A distraction for the team..

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 10, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    He is still SIR jadeja to me. I can't forget the loss of 2 T20 WC and that ODI game where he made sachins 175 knock against Aus in Hyd useless.

    If he wins games abroad particularly in the upcoming SA tour and if he wins atleast 2 knockout games for us then many fans may forgive him and he may become real Sir jadeda. But until then he is SIR Jadeja to me.

  • ramli on April 10, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    There would always be a whipping boy in any place ... it is Jadeja for CSK ... he should enjoy this funny attention ... though what you do on the field really matters

  • on April 10, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Great that jaddu takes it in a sportive manner! For his performance against Aussies he is really SIR JADDDU!!

  • on April 10, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Does anyone see similarities between Ravindra Jadeja and Gary Sobers? Nonetheless, these jokes have a deep meaning. I have just got this feeling that Ravindra Jadeja will become the greatest all-rounder ever (better than Sobers and Kallis). Sobers was untested in the shorter formats, whereas Jadeja has a real shot as mastering all three formats. Mark my words: wait for a few years, this lad will have conquered most of the records.

  • asimzf on April 10, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Josh.. Sir is already a master of all four formats of cricket. The fourth format is the one in which Sir bowls to Sir and is fielded by Sir.

  • on April 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Sri Sri Pandit Sir Lord Ravindra Jadeja is the best alrounder ever!