Ravindra Jadeja had hunger and determintation to do something special: Sachin Tendulkar
Ravindra Jadeja was playing only his second match in the World Cup 2019 but still managed to make an impact with his all-round performance as he almost pulled off a miracle for Team India in the first semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Jadeja’s valiant 77 off 56 balls took India agonisingly close to their target of 240 but once he got out, the chase fell apart as the team got bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs.
Jadeja became the first batsman to score over fifty runs in a World Cup knockout match. It was his partnership with MS Dhoni which kept India alive in the chase after they collapsed to 92 for 6 in the 31st over.
The pair added 116 runs for the seventh wicket before Jadeja’s dismissal in the 48th over. Dhoni departed soon after, run out on 50 which was the final nail in the coffin for India.
Former captain Sachin Tendulkar lauded Jadeja for his special knock and also praised Dhoni for being the guiding force behind that seventh-wicket partnership which almost won the game for India in Manchester.
“He was brilliant. This morning when he got Ross Taylor run out with that direct throw, we in the commentary box were discussing that it could be his day. The way he took initiative in that partnership (with Dhoni), he caught New Zealand by surprise, caught them off guard.
“There were number of clean shots by him, which were from a batsman who was out there to do something and prove something. I would give him 10 on 10 today.
“At this world stage who wouldn’t want to go out and perform well. You could see that determination and that hunger to do something was special and very much there. It was amazing to watch both of them, the way they ran between the wickets. That understanding was very much there because they play together in the IPL as well,” Tendulkar told India Today.
“The sound that his bat was making was something different. You could hear that. With Dhoni’s guidance and experience he created that impact but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to finish the game. But in a convincing manner that Jadeja took charge, he was the aggressor today. He was hitting those big shots and rightly so.
“I felt that really worked well. One person was an aggressor and the other one was an experience campaigner. I felt MS (Dhoni) was going to attack in the last 3 overs. Because it also became important for someone to be there till the end. But possibly the boundaries could have come a bit earlier. But in retrospect you have number of things to say,” Tendulkar said.
Courtesy : India Today