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IND vs SL 2022: ‘You’ve made him proud’, Rajasthan Royals remembers Warne’s ‘Rockstar’ tag given to Jadeja after all-rounder’s century

IND vs SL 2022: A record-breaking 175 and a wicket in only his second delivery – Ravindra Jadeja had an impactful day 2 of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali. And it only seemed as a fitting tribute from the all-rounder for the Australia cricket legend Shane Warne, who has played an influential role in the early days of his career. World cricket on Friday was hit by the shocking demise of Warne, aged 52, of a suspected heart attack while holidaying in Thailand.

Jadeja only became a household name after his second appearance for Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural season of Indian Premier League (IPL).

It was a name Warne had given to Jadeja back in 2008 when the two were part of the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Saturday scored his second Test century in the first Test of the two-match series against Sri Lanka in Mohali, a day after world cricket lost Australia cricket legend Shane Warne, the man who on many occasion had called him “Rockstar”. 

It was a name Warne had given to Jadeja back in 2008 when the two were part of the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

Although Jadeja had left the franchise two seasons later, Warne remained fond of the India all-rounder, and hence it only stands as a fitting tribute from Jadeja to one of the greatest of all time. 

IND vs SL 2022: 'You’ve made him proud', Rajasthan Royals remembers Warne's 'Rockstar' tag given to Jadeja after all-rounder's century

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“100* off 160. Rockstar Jadeja. You’ve made him proud,” tweeted Rajasthan Royals moments after he scored the ton on the second morning of the series opener. 

Back in 2017, Jadeja recalled his first reaction when he heard the “Rockstar” tage given to him by Warne, admitting that he had no clue why the name was given to him and he said that he kept asking his friends the meaning of it.

“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,” he 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,” he had said.

Talking about the game, Jadeja’s century combined with R Ashwin’s knock of 61 helped India reach 468 for seven at Lunch on Day 2.  

IND vs SL 2022 Highlights : 1st Test, Day 2: SL reach 108/4 at stumps, trail IND by 466 runs; Jadeja shines in Mohali

India vs Sri Lanka Highlights, 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: Ravindra Jadeja starred with his 175 not-out as IND posted 574/8 decl. before restricting SL to 108/4 at Stumps. The visitors still trail by 466 runs. R Ashwin bagged 2 wickets. Follow IND vs SL at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali.

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: At Stumps on the second day, Sri Lanka trail India by 466 runs. Ravindra Jadeja scored his second Test century as India piled more runs on second day and eventually declared on 574/8 against Sri Lanka at Mohali. Jadeja ended up scoring an unbeaten 175 to torment the opposition bowling unit. Ravichandran Ashwin also played the perfect second fiddle to score fifty and show his batting prowess. In response, Sri Lanka lost both the openers in the third and final session Ashwin removed Thirimanne while Jadeja plucked the wicket of Karunaratne. Earlier, Rishabh Pant smashed 96 to help India to 357 for six but the left-handed dasher narrowly missed out on his century after being bowled by fast bowler Suranga Lakmal. Pant put on a key stand of 104 with fellow left-hander Jadeja, who stood unbeaten on 45 at stumps on the opening day. Sri Lanka’s bowling attack was led by spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, who tried to test the home team but Pant was at his attacking best in the final session as he dished out an entertaining knock. In response, Sri Lanka openers and Lahiru Thirimanne (17), and Dimuth Karunaratne (28) put on 48 runs for the opening wicket before being dismissed by R Ashwin Jadeja, respectively. Then, Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Angelo Mathews on 22 as SL stuttered past 100 in the 35th over. Ashwin came back to pick his second wicket of the day, removing Dhananjaya de Silva. Eventually, they ended Day 2 at 108/4. 

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