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End of an Era: Ravindra Jadeja Announces T20I Retirement

“I’ve always given my best for my country”: Ravindra Jadeja Announces T20I Retirement

Team India’s star all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja, announced his retirement from T20I following India’s T20 World Cup victory. Jadeja’s announcement came after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma also declared their retirement from the shortest format of the game. Jadeja took to his official Instagram account to confirm his retirement, expressing his gratitude and reflecting on his journey.

Jadeja’s Instagram post read, “With a heart full of gratitude, I bid farewell to T20 internationals. Like a steadfast horse galloping with pride, I’ve always given my best for my country and will continue to do so in other formats. Winning the T20 World Cup was a dream come true, a pinnacle of my T20 International career. Thank you for the memories, the cheers, and the unwavering support.”

Looking Back at Ravindra Jadeja Illustrious T20I Career

Throughout his career, Jadeja had been an integral part of the Indian T20I squad, playing a key all-round role in the 2024 edition. In the semi-final against England, he produced a crucial cameo. Jadeja smashed an unbeaten 17 off just 9 deliveries, which contributed significantly to India’s victory. While he took only one wicket in the tournament, Jadeja’s economy rate of 7.57 highlighted his effectiveness and control in the game.

Jadeja’s contributions are not limited to his recent performances. Over his T20I career, he represented India in 74 matches, scoring 515 runs in 41 innings with an impressive 17 not-out innings. His batting prowess was often showcased in the lower-middle order, where he played many crucial innings. With the ball, Jadeja maintained a strong economy rate. Post retirement, Jadeja ended his T20I career at an impressive 7.13 runs per over, and he claimed 54 wickets in the format. This is not it, Jadeja’s quickness and accuracy while fielding is hidden from none. While players have a specific batting down or bowling spell secured to their name, Jadeja had the point fielding area written to his.

Despite his retirement from T20Is, Jadeja will continue to play in Tests and ODIs. Given his all-round prowess, he still remains a key member of the Indian team. He missed the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup due to injury, which saw India fall in the semi-finals with a 10-wicket defeat to England. His return to T20Is in December last year, after over a year’s absence, signified the team management’s intention to rely on his experience and skill for the 2024 T20 World Cup. Jadeja played in all of India’s matches in this edition, contributing significantly to the team’s success.

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