'You’ve made him proud': RR recall Warne’s ‘Rockstar’ tag for Jadeja
A day after the demise of Shane Warne, Ravindra Jadeja scored his second Test hundred
Jadeja had played the inaugural season of IPL under the captaincy of Shane Warne
Rajasthan Royals tweeted ‘Rockstar Jadeja. You’ve made him proud’ referring to the name given by Warne
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja scored a hundred on the second day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. The southpaw scored the hundred a day after Australia cricket legend Shane Warne, the man who named him “Rockstar”, died in Thailand at the age of 52.
Warne had given Jadeja the name during the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2008 when the duo played for title-winning Rajasthan Royals. Warne, being the mentor and captain of the franchise, had played a vital role in grooming the then youngster.
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.
“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.
In 2017, Jadeja recalled his first reaction when he heard that "Rockstar" tag 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 helped India go past 450 runs mark. Jadeja hit 10 boundaries during his innings.
Rajasthan Royals, meanwhile, changed their social media logo with that of their IPL title-winning captain Warne.