England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Oh, Ravi Jadeja: India's warrior king

The allrounder splits opinion; awash with IPL cash and with three first-class triple hundreds. He is an in-your-face-cricketer trying to establish a Test career and took Lord's by the scruff of the neck

Sidharth Monga at Lord's

July 20, 2014

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Highlights: Jadeja hits maiden Test fifty in counter-attacking fashion on day four at Lord's

He wears gloves with fluorescent lines to Lord's. He could play in a singlet and denim shorts at Wimbledon. He looks like a bundle of nerves at the crease. The bat taps down three times, the leading sleeve is rolled up like Kevin Pietersen's, he shrugs his leading shoulder as the bowler starts to run in, then he squats in his stance, the top half of the body almost leaning out of the rest of the frame, the back lift high as if he were a Lara. You can smell fidgetiness.

Within the first 10-15 minutes at the wicket, he has played awkwardly in front of his body, he has charged at quick bowlers, he has looked hopeless playing straight balls across the line, he has called for ridiculous singles, he has charged down against spin and played a worse shot than his predecessor did and perished doing, he looks like he does not belong yet when you look at the scoreboard he is 23 off 20.

These are not any 23 off 20. These are 23 off 20 in a tense Test on a pitch that has done a bit throughout the Test. These are 23 off 20 from a time when India are effectively 179 for 6, in the middle of what looks like a collapse, and with new ball around the corner.

You can see why he is so annoying to the opposition. A man who clearly has no business batting at Test level, but the ticker he has in abundance. Shane Warne on commentary talks about how he loves adversity. The Indian fans in the crowd go with a chant that has become a bit of a cult: "Ooooo Raavi Jadeja, ooooo Raavi Jadeja." A chant so catchy, the man himself has amended his Twitter handle to reflect it.

Get out of the way, Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja is taking over Lord's.

England, in response, are going helter skelter. They do not like disorder; you cannot get on a bus here without an Oyster card and simply pay in cash. Jadeja with the bat in hand is anything but order. He is India's Jaad In The Box. This is incredibly high-risk strategy. He can easily nick off, get hurt, run out, get caught at mid-on, or even trip over so awkwardly in his charging at the fast bowlers.

This strategy is not for everyone, but for Jadeja it is life as usual. Back home, at his farmhouse in Jamnagar, he resides with his Doberman Rocky and four horses. He rides them without a saddle, forget knee caps or a helmet. Flashy cars, look-at-me sunglasses, RJ or Ravi inscribed on most of his belongings, he is a bit of a king, a warrior king, befitting the name Jadeja. He does not like the pedigree Arabian horses you get in England. He does not like James Anderson either. Anderson does not like him. They could both be banned for the next Test.

Back home, at his farmhouse in Jamnagar, he resides with his Doberman Rocky and four horses. He rides them without a saddle, forget knee caps or a helmet. Flashy cars, look-at-me sunglasses, RJ or Ravi inscribed on most of his belongings, he is a bit of a king, a warrior king, befitting the name Jadeja

So when Anderson comes out to bat on day three, the Raavi Jadeja chant goes up in the stands. MS Dhoni yields to the demands and brings Jadeja on. Anderson reverse-sweeps first ball, a shot that has brought him runs at Trent Bridge. This pitch is different, though. The ball bounces a little extra, and Anderson is caught at first slip.

A day later, the new ball is taken, Jadeja is batting like Jadeja does, and England call upon Anderson, who removes the amazingly disciplined M Vijay just short of a century. There has been no effect on Jadeja, though. The second ball he faces from Anderson he dances down and swings, gets a big inside edge that goes in the air, and just out of the reach of square leg. Anderson responds with a short ball, but this time Jadeja is in the crease and defends.

In the next over, bowled by Stuart Broad, Jadeja moves a touch across, plays across the line, is nearly lbw and nearly caught off the leading edge to the same ball, but that still does not pull him back. He gets a shortish ball, into the hips, around middle and leg, but because he is moving across, he can tuck it fine for four.

If they bowl short, he pulls in front of square, with no pretence of elegance and so hard as if the ball is an object to be hated. In the next over he charges at Anderson again, without warning or rhyme nor, and somehow - not off the middle of the bat - drives him through cover for four. Two balls later an inside edge saves him from being plumb lbw.


Anderson is in his ear, he is mock-clapping Jadeja from mid-off as Broad runs in to bowl from the Nursery End. He then lofts Broad back over his head, his first correct and elegant shot. And follows it with a pull. The pièce de résistance comes when he punches Anderson off the back foot, through point, for a get-out-of-my-face four. He is already 40 off 29. The lead is now 236. India already have a fighting total, and England are demoralised.

The field has spread, singles are available, and Jadeja strolls his way to his Test best and his first fifty. Upon reaching there he gets into a sword dance, his bat brandishing like a naked sword. He is the king, the warrior king, Lord's his subjects, watching in awe, standing up to applaud. Those who laughed at him once laugh with him now.

Jadeja has not always been the king. He is as working class as it gets when he bowls. Bowling ball after ball on the same spot hoping for some natural variation with no pretence of being the spinner today's Jim Laker would conjure when dreaming of paradise. If MS Dhoni asks him to switch to round the wicket, he switches round; if the captain wants over, he goes over. In the field he chases after every ball in a manner you would not associate with royalty. In the nets he painstakingly bats for longer than any other batsman. One extra throwdown, one extra hit, anything to do to become valuable to the team.

If the batsman represents the flashy royalty he has now become, Jadeja the bowler and the fielder are the real Jadeja. He was not always this rich. He used to go to cricket, away from home, with only Rs 10 in his pocket. Forget exotic pets and feeding them and providing a playground, the young Jadeja did not know where his next meal would come from.

Jadeja gets out for 68, his job as royalty is done. Twenty minutes later, the working-class hero is back on the field. As early as the seventh over of the innings, his captain calls upon him. The first ball slides in, hits Sam Robson on the pad, and appeals. The bat is awfully close to the pad, the batsman seems to have been hit outside the line of off, but Kumar Dharmasena raises his finger after long internal deliberation. Replays show the ball has hit the pad fractionally before hitting the bat, Hawk Eye says a smidgeon of the ball is inside the line when it makes contact with pad, and that Dharmasena is right.

This is Jadeja's day. Just give in. Resistance is futile. Go into the stands, or out in the streets, and sing, "Ooooo Raavi Jadeja."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by RichardRDs on (July 23, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

Nice article. Very gritty inning from Jadeja too. The inning he played in NZ and this will give him lot of confidence in future. So far he hasn't delivered the goods of which he is capable of.

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (July 22, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

James Anderson certainly came a distant second best in his spat with Jadeja - not only did Jaddu hit him all around the park on Sunday but was involved in getting Anderson out twice in this match too! Anderson may have succeeded in needling other opponents with few words here & there in his career but this time he certainly bit off more than he could chew & it backfired on him spectacularly! Really shows that sometimes it is best NOT to upset or anger a member of the opponent team!

Posted by US_Indian on (July 22, 2014, 1:27 GMT)

I am surprised and feel sick at the attitude of our media personnel- just one flashy innings they create such a hype over a very mediocre cricketer writing reems and reems about him where as ignoring such awesome and consistent feats from Bhuvi, Vijay , Rahane and even Ishant.

I am thankful to Apratim Guha for writing such a sensible comment. We Indians go overboard in everything we do. We always gave credit to SRT much more than what he deserved and on the other hand we ignored the real heroes like Anil Kumble, Dravid, Laxman , Harbhajan, ZAK and even Ganguly, this is our publics cricketing sense and attitude. Another example Rahane was not even talked about by the mumbai media where as Rohit was taken to skies, mark my words our next generation superstars are going to be the unassuming Pujara and Rahane not Kohli or Dhawan or Rohit.

Posted by VirtualCricketer on (July 21, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

Didn't watch the game at all.

Mildly surprised to learn from this article, that this was such a scratchy innings from RJ.

He had achieved a record of 3 first class triple centuries as far back as 2012.

Though these were all against weaker domestic teams, I'm unable to imagine a 3-time triple centurion to display such discomfort, such fidget, and such fortuitousness.

It certainly seems to have been an innings with lots of pluck and resolve.

Good luck to him, and wish him well.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

Kohli has got out to good balls he is India's best batter the opposition fears him,if you want to get Rohit in let him open. Jadeja is a brilliant fielder.Ashwin can replace Binny. It is nice to see all are doing well.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

I may sound ridiculous but I believe this innings would do India more harm than good in the long run as it may give him longer run in the test team than what he deserves. Let us not forget that this was a chancy innings, he could have been out umpteen times during this innings and while it has worked here because of sheer dumb luck, it would not in most other situations. (This is his maiden 50 in 13innings.) I would prefer to see him sit out for Ashwin, who has a (vastly) superior record than Jadeja with the bat (Ashwin averages 39, Jadeja 22) and is certainly not an worse with the ball. As one of the commentators pointed out, his flashiness and needless risk taking made Vijay lose his concentration and his wicket. Contrast this innings to the one Kumar played at the other end: sensible, riskless yet quick. It is superficial to say that this innings will win the match for India, I'd give much more credit to Vijay, Pujara, Rahane and Kumar for having brought India to this position.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Yet another brilliant article by Sidharth Monga! :-)

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

jamnagar's pride jadeja......the warrior

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

I cannot understand how somebody (Ramkrishnan Venkatasubramanian) can even think of replacing Kohli. He is arguably the best batsman in the World, not in India. All batsmen go through some lean time...just need to be a little patient.....all it takes is one good knock and he will be back. Personally I think he has the potential to be even a bigger player than Sachin for India. As regards Binny being replaced by Ashwin...yes I am sure Dhoni will make that call at the appropriate time...I am really surprised why Binny is not able to move the Ball as well as how his father did? I will not touch this team and the selection is spot on. There is tremendous all round team performance with everyone contributing and putting on a great effort. Kudos to CEO Dhoni and the coach for motivating and bringing the best out of the players. I just love this team and the way they are fighting.....

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

beautifully written ... reading your article was a pleasure ...

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

very good article by sidd abut sir jadeja ithink binny has not been used fully by his captain or he does not have faith in him so its better to replace him with ashwin for next

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

India should go for the kill - 2 slips, forward short leg, silly point, ... it very well could have been another wicket down (if not 2) yesterday... looking at the last 1 hr of play to bat on the pitch is more than a uphill task. Ishant and RJ should be able to do the trick today.. Hope India goes for tea with a win.

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (July 21, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

Think MSD needs to play aggressively like this too as he simply doesn't have the batting technique to make big scores in overseas Tests. Instead of making a scratchy 15 or 20 runs & then getting out, MSD might be better off going all guns blazing like Jaddu did yesterday & probably end up contributing a lot more runs to the team.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

The form exhibited by Kohli in this tour is pathetic. The sensible replacement for Kohli for the next test will be Rohit Sharma. Binny has to be replaced by Ashwin , as Binny has neither shown the willingness to bat long ,nor does he enjoy the captain's confidence to bowl . It is better that an important position is not wasted.Dhawan has to be given a longer run.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

This is certainly one of the best articles i ever read on this site..

Forget Ravi Jadeja for a while, and praise the author for once..

Ohh Sidhharth Monga! (Y)

Posted by gmsjgmsj on (July 21, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

While it is distressing to to read so many hate posts on RJ's `fit-ability' as a test cricketer, wisdon dawns from the adage that sometimes an ordinary man with extraordinary courage is the better face of sport.

What wrong did RJ do? for being a bits and pieces player, a non-conformist undefinable allrounder. He is no true allrounder, not just yet. No Kapil, Hadlee, no Shastri even and certainly less talented than Akram. But what he can match all these greats, in no lesser manner, is the fearlessness and chutpaz that goes with professional sport. If that is not essentailly street-class, go ask Miandad! There is no rule book requiring only vintage classic allroudners at test cricket. A Rolls is a classic but that too is made in a factory. A Civic is functional but also gets parking space at Lords. Just live the moment and count your blessings if RJ can win this test.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (July 21, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

Siddharth Monga seems to have forgotten SRJ's magnificent bowling in the last half hour yesterday. He was unfortunate not to have had a wicket or two in that passage. If he can bowl even half as well today, Jadeja will prove a handful.

Posted by anver777 on (July 21, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

Jaddu's crucial stand with Bhuvi gave Ind, that all important 300+ mark... now Eng looks unbalance in their chase & its gonna be a thrilling climax on the 5th day !!!!

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

@Rajeshj do u see any class in how Gilly,Flintoff smashes the opposition bowlers??Jadeja is a aggressive player and he needs to bat like this irrespective of situation.I dont know why dhoni is not playing is attacking game at test level.Jadeja,Dhoni doesnt have the skill to block the balls for 1 hour,But they do posses the other skill of attacking.They should back their instincts and counter attack.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

Too much praise for Ravindra Jadeja

Posted by Henry_Mancini on (July 21, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

The upside here is that vital runs were provided and our bowlers have been given something of substance to defend. As many others here have noted, though, is that this innings owes as much to luck as anything else, and will probably translate into Jadeja's automatic inclusion for the rest of this series and probably the entire Australian series too.

I'm not yet sure how to digest this. Is it such a bad thing to have a wildcard in the mix? On good days, obviously not. The trouble is that on bad days, we really need someone lower down who is prepared to hang around with the tail, in a manner that befits test cricket. We also cannot expect young Bhuvenshwar to perform this role on every occasion.

Furthermore, it appears that Jadeja has our captain's blessings to behave as he wishes, regardless of the match situation. Perhaps if this gentleman was subject to more responsible tutelage, and searches for his slow and medium gears, his usefulness to the side will increase.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

we must thank anderson for waking him up

Posted by Rajeshj on (July 21, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

Agreed Jadeja scored an all-important 68 and it was a bold innings too... But can't we see that it was an inning laced with luck and it was just his day .. this is a kind of innings to be played by a tailender and not an all-rounder.. it is true that he is a sensational player in ODI and t-20s.. but he has no class to be at the test level.. neither with bowling or batting.. and he has a good promoter in Dhoni and he will be playing tests as long as Dhoni is captain.. mind you, that he played poor cricket in the last 3 of his tests .. Not too many people have just too much luck like Jadeja..

Posted by Kruns on (July 21, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

Here it is again India is in a strong position to win this game and win convincingly as well but here is India's Weakness as well we have bowled very well and should continue In past we have seen in Overseas test that we are not able to finish off the Game and win i hope they do it this time.... Come On India ...

Wll Played Vijay , Pujara , Jadeja Bhuvi

Just saw somebody comment than Ishant should be dropped , Hello please note that he has bowled very well in both the test Matches and dont forget currently India is in a winning position due to his spell Last Night also...

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

Me and my dad always used to rate him highly as a cricketer, today he proved why.. Brilliant!!

Posted by d_madhavan on (July 21, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Sir jadeja was awkward in his starting phase,he somewhat influenced Vijay to lost his patience, but Bhuvi crafted a fluent partnership with sir jadeja to bring india on the verge of a histortic test win.....kudos sir!!!!

Posted by AndrewsPraveen on (July 21, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

both teams have a chance of winning this test match i dunno why the English fans still believe that INDIA cant win this match . India has played well and has been the better team than England and adding to their misery most of the English batsman are out of form and the pitch is playing awkwardly. If india needs to win the first session is more important if they can get two wickets its their game to loose from then. but if england survive all they can manage is just another draw i dont see a winning chance here. Credits to Indian batting line up for putting a great show and the inexperienced bowlers to be better than Anderson and broad. This is the beauty of this game. India leads the sessions and this will be a moral boost for them in the fifth day. with vijay and dhawan asking questions with the ball in their first appearance as part timers England are in deep trouble. and to all english fans be sportive and accept where the game stands.

Posted by VinodGupte on (July 21, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

oh god! this "test cricketer" is going to play a hundred more tests based on this fluke that is as rare as Hale's comet visiting the earth. god save IND test cricket.

Posted by Collegefastbowler on (July 21, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

What is Binny doing in this team? Bowling 10 overs and scoring ducks! BInny should be replaced by Varun Aaron and Ishant should be replaced by Ashvin. England would have no chance of winning anything if India get their selection right and Dhoni changes his defensive attitude.

Posted by Sexysteven on (July 21, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

I think the Indian fans are getting carried away this test ain't over and if England bat half decent I expect them to win they bat deep if they bat sensible they should chase this down the pitch might play some tricks but adecent batting team should bat all day and be patient another 214 runs very gettable I think

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Brilliant account of an amazing Cricketer !!!

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (July 21, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Round one with a unanimous decision goes to SIR RAVI JADEJA. Anderson is reeling.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

Just outstanding performance

Posted by NitinP on (July 21, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

I understand that he is awash with IPL cash.but we need to understand that it was not always easy for him.I remember reading an article about Jadeja where some years back his mother(a hospital nurse) suffered burn injuries and subsequently passed away ,and he had to struggle to provide treatment for her.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

As masterful as the man himself, this piece of writing is one of the best written to describe a player. A touch of royalty and a sense of might all, built into it perfectly. Sir Ravindra Jadeja may not be wearing florescent lines any more in this test, but he will surely have to give the Englishmen a taste of his slavery one last time. It needs to be the king rising at the Lord's.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2014, 4:16 GMT)

Amazing performance. I would like to make Mr Anand Parthasarthy to remind that It was Binny who saved the 1st Test Match

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

Play Ravi Aswin in place of Binny or Kohali.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2014, 2:50 GMT)

Poetic!! What an article!!

Posted by SG70 on (July 21, 2014, 1:55 GMT)

that was some serious celebration from Sir J. Wonder what he might have done had he gotten a hundred @ Lords ... the mind boggles.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

Let us not be premature in celebrating india's win.We indians have a habit of putting a player on a pedestal one and criticizing him the next day. The villians of the last series vijay and murali are the heroes of today. Good luck India.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (July 21, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

This guy is seems to be quite ful of himself, and it's so funny because he is such an average cricketer. He won't get away with such rubbish down here.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

Useful work, Sirjee...Quite some writing Suidharth! Both, plz continue the same to make us happy.

Posted by SwamyCricketAnanda on (July 21, 2014, 0:46 GMT)

Jadeja was denied Modern Ali's wicket by Dharmasena. I feel Jaddu should take 6 wickets and man of the match. Lords' discomfort and England's queasiness will hit another notch. Stokes' and England's frustration were obvious to see.

Posted by android_user on (July 20, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

He played a really good innings yesterday to give india some relief. But as a allrounder he wasnt doing much to fit in india test squad,plus he was goin to replace in next test by Ashwin. He needs to play these innings more often to fit in test team.he got experience now. Hope he do some magic with ball on last day. Go India.

Posted by cricpanther on (July 20, 2014, 22:33 GMT)

Siddharth Monga, too good article, keep up the good blogs and writing like this!! Great to have you in ESPN cricinfo!!!

Posted by cricpanther on (July 20, 2014, 22:26 GMT)

Great Cricket Jadeja, unique in every way, look at the celebration where no one has done before!! too good!!! Naseer told some more by indian fans,,true!! Royal, Rajput, King, Warrior, Sir, Rockstar, extra ordinary all rounder with great hard working attitude, do not forget he is from Gujarat State where greats of all field born!!!

Posted by cricpanther on (July 20, 2014, 22:21 GMT)

Royal Blood, Real Cricketer, RoXstar(called by Shane Warne), with X tra factor and understanding the cricketer by no other!!! Tremendous hard worker-Super Hero- Greatest all rounder, legend of the legend---Sir Ravindra Jadeja...earned all this at young age!!!!!!

Posted by vish2020 on (July 20, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

Sir jadeja knighted the king and queen of england in Rajkot!

Posted by   on (July 20, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

Fantastic piece........you are getting closest to being amongst the best of cricket writer...God Bless...Keep UP.

Posted by kc69 on (July 20, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

No need for ICC hearing Sir Jadeja will serve justice for himself.All hail RJ.

Posted by wapuser on (July 20, 2014, 20:15 GMT)

This article is why I keep coming back. Keep 'em coming.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

@ siddharth - you r really awesome in summarizing... I love the way R Jadeja batted in the 2nd innings... It was a very good day for India. But still need lot more work from the bowlers to remove the remaining 6 wickets... beware - They are the ones who gave more trouble in the first test...Guyz... you can win this test and stop your unlucky days with away matches. BEST OF LUCK

Posted by Temuzin on (July 20, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

I have very rarely read an article twice. Even during my college days one reading was enough but today I read Sidharth Monga's article twice. Loved it Jaddu was very special today. As many fans have already said English players are truely demoralized by Sir Jee's onslaught.

@Muntajab BtW Sid's poetry has inspired fans today look at Muntajab Sinai's post.Very well summarized. Loved it Muntajab.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

Very happy with the way the Indians have batted, bowled, fielded. Dhoni has marshalled his resources nicely. Only flaw was selection of Binny ahead of Ashwin. If Ashwin was picked instead of Binny in the match the match would have finished today....lol. Anyways, an elusive victory beckons for India (and only a miracle by the English batsmen or bad weather can stop them!) Nothing short of a win, which would be their first overseas Test since 2011 and only their second ever at Lord's would please the Indian fans including me. Com'on Indian Cricket Team!!! Go, get the Pommies and bring them down at the "Mecca of Cricket."

Posted by ShashidharHundi on (July 20, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Nice Article Sidharth. You summerized it very well. It was treat to watch both Jadeja's batting and bowling. He should have had one more wicket (Moen Ali, courtesy Dharmasena). Hope Jadeja', Bhuvi, Vijay and Ishanth's efforts pay off and India win this test.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Jadeja, lovingly called Sir jadeja by his loving teammates is really a magician. He changed the entire complexion of the Lords' Test in less than one hour. He made mockery of James Anderson's bowling achievements and almost made Anderson cry. Wish his don't give a damn attitude, Sir Jadeja has almost certainly assured India a Lords' win. He destroyed Anderson and more so Captain Cook. They (Englishmen) are all completely demoralized by Jadeja's antics and have already lost the match in their minds!

Posted by Temuzin on (July 20, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Loved Sid's writing and Jadeja's sword dance. Jaddu must bat like this all the time. He and I think Dhoni should play in very aggressive manner. That come natural to them. Go on boys win this match.

Posted by android_user on (July 20, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

Excellent writing by Mr. Monga, the way you described his life back at home in jamnagar with four horses n dogs changes once way of thinking altogether......n the way he used to go away from home with only 10 Rs. in his pocket to play cricket.....and now representing the great nation India is really a inspiring story....All the best to our beloved "SIR Ravindra Jadeja"......n keep writing like this Mr. Singh...!!

Posted by   on (July 20, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

A lot of success of small town players like Ravi Jadeja, Bhuvi, Mohd Shami, etc has got to do with the success of MS Dhoni, a small town boy himself. He has instilled self belief in all these players.They all play fearless cricket. They are least bothered about things such as technique, etc. They are extremely competitive , give their 100% and least bothered about statistics. May their breed increase.

Posted by android_user on (July 20, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Oooo Raavi Jadeja...a real hero. Call him a technique"less" batmsman or whatever...he comes to the team rescue when needed. Respect for the warrior.

Posted by Cricfever_PM on (July 20, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Jaddu & Bhuvi's contribution was brilliants and the way Jaddu shown the bat after the fifty shows he is not only cricketer and also good having martial art.

Posted by muni1175 on (July 20, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

simply nice article about sir....its a 70 - 30 ind- eng chances..lets wait for a historic 2 nd win for in lords after long tine...hope they will do it


Posted by realfan on (July 20, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

wow....you are way ahead of some of the so called cricket writers.... hats off for a article that sounded like a poem....

Posted by android_user on (July 20, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Sir Jadeja!

Posted by wapuser on (July 20, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

What a fantastic and insightful article!! Great work

Posted by Temuzin on (July 20, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

Nice article Sid. You were really poetic. I loved the line "Upon reaching there he gets into a sword dance, his bat brandishing like a naked sword". Keep writing like that. I will buy your book.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

That was a good lunch for a hungry young lad. Write more about his IPL, Dhoni's "Sir" title, his don't worry attitude and about his Mustache. He is competing none other than Ravichandran Ashwin (the fastest Indian to get 100 test wickets). I feel sorry for the English Gentlemen. They already lost Lords. Oooohh lalalah.

Posted by android_user on (July 20, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

It seems to be a fairy tale story. long live sir and his aggression.

Posted by dina on (July 20, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

What an article Sid..enjoyed each line...kudos...

Posted by Vishal_07 on (July 20, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

nice article, Sid. But no article on Jadeja can be complete without calling him 'Sir Jaddu'. That was the only things missing here...

Posted by da_lowrider on (July 20, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Nice article, provides an insight into Jadeja and also explains a lot...

P.S. "..give in. Resistance is futile..." Seems like Mr. Monga here is a fellow Trekkie!

Posted by the_blue_android on (July 20, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Hats off to you Sid. Your articles seem to get better each passing day! It's now 3 articles in 3 days that I enjoyed reading!

Posted by godshand on (July 20, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

A nice article. RJ does deserve to be praised. He may not be a Dravid or a Dhoni but he remains his own self rather than imitating others and has played well within his limitations. Wish he could be the next Ravi Shastri - Not so talented but knows how to use his cards very well. Keep it up - Sir Jee, tusee great ho (Sir Jee, you are really great) !!!

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