Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India’s utility all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja revealed what PM Narendra Modi had told then-India captain, MS Dhoni, when the captain had introduced the southpaw to him during a match in Ahmedabad in 2010.

The southpaw recalled what Modi told Dhoni when introductions were being done before a match between India vs South Africa at Ahmedabad in 2010.

“I had first met Modi in 2010 in Ahmedabad. He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat back then,” Jadeja said.

“We had a match against South Africa in the Motera Stadium. Mahi bhai (Dhoni), who was our captain back then introduced me to him. Modi Sahab ne khud bola ki ‘bhai ye toh apna ladka hai, dhyaan rkhna (Modi Sahab said himself, ‘He’s our boy, take care of him)’. He said so with a laugh while being in a light mood,” the all-rounder recalled.

“That’s when you feel…. a person of such big stature comes to you and says this personally. Ek alag si feeling aati hai. I felt really good when he said this,” he further added.

Notably, Jadeja made his India debut in 2009, a year after the U19 World Cup triumph. Since then he has become a vital part of the Men in Blue side in all three formats. Currently rehabbing from a knee surgery that made him miss the T20 World Cup 2022, Jadeja is expected to be back for the Bangladesh tour next month.