Ravindra Jadeja played the role of a savior for India after the top-order batting collapsed in 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.
The Chennai Super Kings duo played a vital knock for India, helping the Men in Blue rebuild their innings after the early loss of the skipper, vice-skipper and the opener. KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma were dismissed for a run each before the innings could even cross five overs.
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 Rajput style, the one Jadeja is famously known for. The left-handed all-rounder has smashed three sixes and three fours en route to his fifty.
The important half-century from Jadeja makes him hold the record of the first 50+ score by a number eight batsman in a World Cup knockout match.
Indian commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle credited Jadeja for playing a vital knock and putting the pressure back on New Zealand, who at one point of time looked like they were going to snatch the game away from India.
Former Indian cricketer and veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter to congratulate his CSK teammate for the fifty.
Indian cricketer Suresh Raina also congratulated and cheered for his CSK teammate.
Fans expressed their ecstatic emotions and said that Jadeja redefined the name "Sir Jadeja".