HIGHLIGHTS Jadeja vu, Feeling that Jadeja will take you close to victory again: A fan tweeted Fans recalled Ravindra Jadeja’s 2019 World Cup heroics against New Zealand Fans shared a post from MS Dhoni also to support Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja has 1.7 million followers on Instagram and on Twitter he is followed by 2.6 million users but what should be noticed is that the star all-rounder follows no one on both the social media platforms. But this doesn’t affect his fans and a proof of it was on display on Monday afternoon when the Gujarat-born, out of the blue started trending on Twitter.
When a close look was given, it was realised that an online debate over ‘who is better’, Ravindra Jadeja or Krunal Pandya had popped up. Ravindra Jadeja fans stormed in like an army, with one writing, “Jadeja Vu – The feeling that Jadeja will again make the match close for us.” Some fans opined that even Hardik Pandya is no match for Ravindra Jadeja, who is the 3rd ranked all-rounder in Tests while in ODIs he is ranked on the 7th spot.
Jadeja Vu – The feeling that jadeja will again make the match close for us. pic.twitter.com/XLZ8wuR2Mi
— A Curious Indian (@Indian26712) June 29, 2020
The folklore of ‘Rajput Boy’ Ravindra Jadeja from his 2019 World Cup heroics was sung as fans left no stone unturned to remind others that 59-ball 77 from Jadeja, when everyone else had failed, had brought India to a brink of historic victory against New Zealand in the semifinal. Pictures of his iconic sword-wielding celebration was circulated in thousands.
Jadeja almost single-handedly won us a match which would make Pandya brothers wet their bed
mind the gap
People are debating over a guy who was a one man army for us in 2019 WC semifinals
Remember that 77 run knock.
— vinayak Mehta (@mehtavinayak5) June 29, 2020
Comparisons between Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya is baffling as Ravindra Jadeja has played over 250 matches for India including 49 Test matches, whereas Krunal Pandya is just 18 T20Is old. The only reason for this debate can be because of their similar role in the team, spin-bowling all-rounder but that’s not enough to be honest. Ravindra Jadeja bowls tight lines, completes his over in some seconds, is quick between the wickets and then on the of everything he is best Indian player ever. Period. Fans of Jadeja came up with his fielding stats too.
Sir Jadeja In Recent World Cup 2019. Sir For a Reason. Even No One Is In Contest With Him #jadejapic.twitter.com/7P5Zonm0H6
— Rajeev Shishodia (@RealHindu007) June 29, 2020
Is this Ravindra Jadeja’s best-ever catch? pic.twitter.com/155TeLFU7b
— Amit Shandilya (@Iamshandilya_) June 29, 2020
Tweets of former India captain MS Dhoni calling Ravindra Jadeja a ‘Sir’ was also shared.
#jadeja No doubt J A D E J A The Best pic.twitter.com/zL61Dh58WQ
— M A A H I (@prashu_mahi) June 29, 2020
Ravindra Jadeja has kept himself on a pedestal above the rest ever since he improved his batting. Ravindra Jadeja has smashed 3 triple hundred in first-class cricket and the record is matched by Test batting stalwart Cheteshwar Pujara only. Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were showed the exit doors from limited-over cricket around the same time but the former turned the tides in his favour and made himself relevant again with his extreme level of hard work and dedication
Ravindra #jadeja has three triple tons in first-class cricket – that sums things, doesn’t it? pic.twitter.com/5I3ijuS1zW
— Rakesh Reddy (@RakeshCherabud) June 29, 2020
Even if we talk of Indian Premier League, Ravindra Jadeja has featured in 170 odd matches while Krunal Pandya at 29 has played 55 games. Jadeja has scored 1,927 runs at an average of over 24 and strike-rate of 122.66. Krunal on the other hand has 891 runs at a strike-rate of 146 and average of 25.46.
Ravindra Jadeja has 110 wickets to his name at a strike-rate of 23.1 and and economy of just over 7. Krunal Pandya on the other hand has scalped 40 wickets at a strike-rate of 23.6 and economy of 7.7.
The difference is surely not huge but then the experience of Jadeja and his supernatural fielding prowess will always give him the upper hand over other players looking for the spot he is comfortably occupying for now.