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Ravindra Jadeja on his famous celebration in World Cup 2019 semi-final: People know who was I targeting

Ravindra Jadeja said that he was searching for Sanjay Manjrekar in the commentary box after his fifty in World Cup 2019 semi-final so that he could target his sword celebrations directly at him.

Ravindra Jadeja top-scored for India with 77 off 59 balls. (Reuters Photo)

Ravindra Jadeja top-scored for India with 77 off 59 balls. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jadeja opened on his famous 2019 World Cup semi-final celebration
  • Jadeja scored 77, took a wicket and affected a run out in the semifinal vs NZ
  • Jadeja’s valiant knock though, went in vain as India failed to chase down 240

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja opened on his famous celebration in the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand, saying he was ‘searching for the commentary box’ to direct his typical sword celebration towards Sanjay Manjrekar.

Jadeja had played a valiant 77-run knock to bring India within touching distance of victory before Virat Kohli’s team fell 18 runs short of the target in the end as they got bowled out for 221 against New Zealand.

Manjrekar’s public jibe at Ravindra Jadeja in 2019 had invited sharp criticism from the cricket fraternity. He had famously called the all-rounder a ‘bits and pieces player’. Jadeja had hit back immediately as well, labeling the remarks ‘verbal diarrhea’ in an unusual reaction during a World Cup.

“I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.

Jadeja was asked about his celebrations during a recent interaction with the Indian Express after he scored his half-century in the semifinal.

“We can’t not mention the famous 2019 semi-final celebration towards Sanjay Manjrekar after the fifty! (Manjrekar had previously termed him a “bits and pieces” cricketer). Did you plan it? Did you know where the commentary box was?” the questioned said.

In response to the question, the India allrounder replied: “Tab toh Bhatta garam tha, na! (The grill was hot, then!) I was searching for the commentary box. Then I thought, it must be somewhere there, only. And those who understand would know who I was targeting the celebration at! (laughs).”

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