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.
As Jadeja reached his half-century, Rohit Sharma made a warm gesture to the left-handed all-rounder from the stands that won the hearts of the fans. Rohit applauded Jadeja and made a gesture that indicated that he(Jadeja) was strong and that he had the ability to turn the game around for the Men in Blue.
Jadeja, who came into the side only for the last two games, was earlier severely criticized by Indian commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who called him as a 'bits and pieces' cricketer on social media following which Jadeja lashed out at the former Indian batsman. The all-rounder silenced his critics with spectacular performances with both the bat and the ball in the contest against Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
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 smashed four sixes and four boundaries en route to his valiant knock of 77 before he lost his wicket to Trent Boult.
The important half-century from Jadeja made him the proud record holder of the first 50+ score by a number eight batsman in a World Cup knockout match.
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.