Ravindra Jadeja played the role of a savior for India after the top-order collapsed at the hands of the brutal pace of the Kiwis and the tormenting conditions of the pitch at Old Trafford, Manchester, at the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Chasing a target of 240, India saw a spectacular half-century from the 'bits and pieces' left-hander, silencing his critics in addition to redefining his role as an all-rounder in the team. He celebrated his half-century in the typical and traditional style that Jadeja is famously known for. The left-handed all-rounder's effort, unfortunately, wasn't enough and India were defeated by New Zealand by 18 runs.
Jadeja only got a chance to play two games but he made his appearances memorable. An emotional Jadeja took to Twitter to thank the fans and to express his love for the sport. He said that sports has taught him to bounce back from any situation and he will give his best till his last breath.
Read the tweet here:
Jadeja was called a 'bits and pieces' cricketer by Sanjay Manjrekar on Twitter following which the all-rounder lashed out at the former batsman. Jadeja was included in the playing eleven for the game against Sri Lanka, where he bowled an economical spell of 1/40 in his 10 overs at an economy rate of 4.00.
Read the tweet in response to Sanjay Manjrekar here:
Against the Kiwis, Jadeja did extremely well with both the bat and the ball. He bowled an excellent spell of ten overs, giving away just 34 runs at an economy rate of 3.40. With the bat, Jadeja scored 77 runs off 59 balls including four boundaries and four sixes. The important half-century from Jadeja made him holder of the record for the first 50+ score by a number eight batsman in a World Cup knockout match.
After Jadeja's knock, Sanjay Manjrekar finally made peace with Ravindra Jadeja on social media. He took to Twitter and posted a short message for the all-rounder.
Here is the Tweet:
He didn't stop here, during the post-match show, Manjrekar was asked if he was impressed with the left-handed all-rounder's abilities that had been put to display in the last two games, to which the former Indian batsman said, "By bits 'n' pieces of sheer brilliance, he's ripped me apart on all fronts."
New Zealand after confirming their berth in the finals of the ongoing World Cup fill now travel to play the finals at Lord's, London.