Ravindra Jadeja won everyone's hearts as he put up a lion-hearted effort to almost take India past the finish line during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final clash against New Zealand at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday.
Even though he could not win the match for his team, his valiant knock was hailed by one and all. It also ended up winning the heart of Maharaja Jamsaheb of Nawanagar who was so impressed by this gritty knock that he wrote a letter to Jadeja.
In the letter, the Maharaja has written that it was a pity that the two-time world champions could not win the match but he was happy with Jadeja's performance in all fields of the game and then went on to congratulate the cricketer.
Meanwhile, Jadeja has shared this letter on his Instagram. Take a look.
The stylish all-rounder could just not be kept away from the game as he succeeded in ticking all the boxes and that too in all the departments. The 30-year-old bowled an economical spell where he ended with figures of 1/34 in his 10 overs at an economy rate of 3.40. He also put up a livewire performance on the field where he had effected a run out of the dangerous Ross Taylor and had taken a well-judged reflex catch of Tom Latham in the following delivery. However, he made the biggest contribution with the bat when he joined MS Dhoni after the Men in Blue were reduced to 92/6.
Jaddu scored a blistering 59-ball 77 at a strike rate of 130.51 including four boundaries and four maximums and was involved in a 116-run stand for the seventh wicket with MS Dhoni and almost took India on the cusp of victory. Unfortunately, he was dismissed in the 48th over by Trent Boult.
However, the hopes were not lost till Dhoni was there in the middle as everyone was confident that he would do the unthinkable. But, a sharp throw from Martin Guptill in the penultimate over ran him out as the Kiwis emerged victorious by 18 runs with three balls to spare.