Ravindra Jadeja marked his return to Test cricket after starring with the ball and bat in the fifth Test match against England. The left-hander, who had scalped four wickets in the first innings, hammered an unbeaten 86 which consisted of 11 fours and 1 six.
The ICC took this opportunity the applaud this valiant effort of the Indian all-rounder by referring the 29-year-old as "Sir". The ICC tweet read: “Sir Ravindra Jadeja take a bow! The all-rounder is shepherding the tail expertly, and is currently unbeaten on 86, having unfurled his trademark swashbuckling celebration on reaching 50. India is 292/9 and trailing by 40.”
But as it seems, ICC calling Ravindra Jadeja as 'Sir' was not taking down well by the Indian fans. The title is usually given to individuals who have been of great service to the nation. However, in Jadeja's case, the prefix is used to address a joke that is common among the cricketing circles. In the past, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has indulged in the joke and the latter has taken it sportingly.
The ICC Tweet has received severe backlash from the Indian fans, with some stating the account was run by an India, while some were off the opinion that cricketer didn't deserve such an address. Here's how social media reacted:
As far as the match was concerned Alastair Cook's gritty display at the crease put England in the driver's seat on Day 2 of the fifth Test match against India at the Oval. At stumps, the hosts enjoy a lead of 154 runs having posted 114 runs for two wickets in the second innings. England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, Alastair Cook and skipper Joe Root will look to resume their third-wicket partnership when they take the field to resume play on the fourth day.
Ravindra Jadeja was assisted alongside Hanuman Vihari to resume play from 174 runs for the loss of 6 wickets on Day 3. The Indian duo survived early scares through some aggressive English bowling, led by James Anderson and Stuart Broad. The runs slowly started trickling with the Indian batsmen adding 200 runs on the board after they stitched together a 50-run partnership for the seventh wicket.
The India cricket team appeared to be in a comfortable position heading into lunch, but it was Moen Ali who provided England the much-needed breakthrough by dismissing Vihari for 56 runs. Post lunch, India tried to extend their lead as much as possible but the Indian tailenders failed to live up to the task. Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, were dismissed cheaply for a combined score of 5 runs.