IPL 2022: “God had seen the life expectancy of Rajni Sir and created Sir Ravindra Jadeja”

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja

On Thursday, after handing over the captaincy of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to Ravindra Jadeja, some of them MS Dhonis fascinating old tweets went viral.

The posts, most of which date from April 2013, seem like subtle, light-hearted digs at the all-rounder. The legendary ex-captain approached Ravindra Jadeja as “Sir” on several occasions, cracking hilarious jokes. He compared Ravindra Jadeja to legendary actor Rajinikanth, exaggerating the southpaw’s fielding and hitting abilities and claiming his daily blunders were “inventions” with patents pending.

Unlike today, the 40-year-old was very active on social media in his early days as captain. Interestingly, all of these tweets were posted during the 2013 IPL, which was a good year for Jadeja at CSK as he won 13 wickets with an average of 24.84.

On April 13, 2013, Jadeja went on strike against Royal Challengers Bangalore CSK need two runs from the last ball. The left-hander dropped a catch to the third man but RP Singh’s delivery was a no-ball. That night, the keeper-batter praised Jadeja’s ability to win Thriller with last ball “with one ball in excess.”

Up until 2013, the title “Sir” was mostly used negatively or sarcastically for the 33-year-old. But Jadeja quickly made it a point of honor, becoming a player of the series at the 2013 Champions Trophy and then rising to become one of the world’s top all-rounders.

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MS Dhoni felt it was time to hand over the captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja: CEO of CSK

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Ravindra Jadeja & MS Dhoni

After Dhoni and Raina, Jadeja will be only the third player to lead CSK. According to ESPNcricinfo, franchise CEO Kasi Viswanathan stated that given Jadeja’s best form, he felt it was the “right time” for him to step down.

Viswanathan said:

He felt it was the right time to hand over the captaincy to Jaddu. He believes Jaddu is also in the best form of his career and it is the ideal time for him to lead CSK. What’s going to be good for the franchise has to be [in the] in the back of your mind.”

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Subhankar Mondal

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