Ravindra Jadeja single-handedly embarrassed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday. In the summer of April, Jadeja brought in his own heat in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and tormented the unbeaten Bangalore side to a limit where escaping his wrath became impossible for them.
Ravindra Jadeja shined in all the three departments of the game as 3-time champions won the match by 69-run to return to the top of 8-team points table. The Gujarat-born star scored 62 not out runs, took 3 wickets and effected a run-out to bring Virat Kohli’s team on their knees quite literally.
In the post-match presentation ceremony he has stated that being an all-rounder was a tough job. He has also revealed the advice from MS Dhoni which helped him blast 5 sixes and collect 37 runs in the final over from RCB pacer Harshal Patel.
“[Has he had a better day?] Don’t think so. (laughs) I’ve been working hard on my fitness, skill, everything. Luckily it paid off. It’s been a tough job being allrounder, you have to do all departments. During training I don’t work on all three, I do skill work one day, training one day, fitness one day. I was just looking to hit it hard. Mahi bhai told me he would bowl somewhere outside off and luckily I connected. Today was not my day [because he didn’t take a catch],” Jadeja said.
Jadeja’s batting brilliance
CSK were soaring high and were 111/1 with a well set Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina on the crease but Patel removed the two in successive deliveries. Ambati Rayudu departed after scoring 14 and CSK were all of a sudden lurking on 154/4 with the final over staring at them.
6, 6, 7nb, 6, 2, 6, 4 is all what furled in the final over from Patel, IPL’s leading wicket-taker, who had taken 3 wickets in the match already. Jadeja was brutal as he fired CSK to 191/4 by the end of 20th over.
Jadeja’s belligerent bowling
RCB had lost their opener after a flying start and in-form Glenn Maxwell had just joined Wasginton Sundar. Jadeja dismissed the latter on the second ball of his first over. In his 2nd over he castled Maxwell and the ran out Daniel Christian through a direct hit. He gave RCB their biggest blow bas dismantling the stumps of AB de Villiers in his third over. The game was won there and then but Jadeja wanted to flaunt more.
Jadeja’s fascinating fieldwork
A direct hit from Jadeja had already outdone Christian. In the 18th over RCB’s last pair Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal were in the middle, he did not give any reprieve to them either. Chahal pushed one ball towards point and took off for brave single in Jadeja’s watch. He manged to enter inside the crease on time but the rocket throw and the direct hit had the bails flying over his head.