Here is why Shane Warne called Ravindra Jadeja a ‘rockstar’
Ravindra Jadeja was one of the key performers in Rajasthan Royals’ victorious campaign in inaugural edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Shane Warne then singled him out as a special talent and a “rockstar” in making.Updated: Jul 13, 2017 23:32 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Ravindra Jadeja, India all-rounder, has recalled the time when spin great Shane Warne described him as a “rockstar”, saying he did not know the meaning of the term.
Jadeja was one of the key performers in Rajasthan Royals’ victorious campaign in the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League. Warne singled him out as a special talent and a “rockstar” in making.
“Then I didn’t know what rockstar meant. When I met Shane Warne for the first time, I didn’t know he was such a great bowler in Test cricket. He used to call me ‘rockstar’, and I used to wonder that I don’t sing any songs, nor do I do anything that I deserved to be called a rockstar,” Jadeja said.
“I just asked one of my friends why he is calling me a rockstar. He said that maybe because you put too much of zinc on your face (smiles)... I kept working hard on my game and kept improving my skills, whether it was bowling or batting.”
Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja had to wait for over a month to catch the first glimpse of his daughter Nidhyana. The priceless moment arrived on Wednesday as Jadeja’s wife waited for the India all-rounder to arrive in Mumbai from the West Indies tour.
Unlike other international cricketers who prefer to stay beside their wife at the time of birth of their child, Jadeja chose to stay with the Indian team to fulfill his commitment.
“My mind was diverting for the first few days (when she was born). But when I thought about it, I realised that this (Indian team) too is important. There are very few who get a chance to play for the country. I am very fortunate to be amongst those few ones. There are many people in the family to take care of the baby. So, instead of going home (to see the baby), I stayed back and gave my 100 per cent to help my team win the matches,” said Jadeja.
(With inputs from PTI)
First Published: Jul 13, 2017 22:29 IST