Adelaide diary: Ravindra Jadeja (t)high on Test cricket

Adelaide: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is so proud of his Test cap that he has the number imprinted all over his equipment. Jadeja received his Test cap (No 275) from India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar for the December 13, 2012 match against England in Nagpur.

Ravindra Jadeja
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja displays with his ‘Jaddu 275’ thigh pad during a practice session in Adelaide yesterday. Pic/Ashwin Ferro

Though he did nothing of significance in that match, (scoring 12 and claiming 2-58 & 1-59 in the drawn encounter) the Tendulkar gesture symbolising his ascent into playing cricket’s longest and most challenging format was inspirational enough for the Saurashtra man.  

The words ‘Jaddu 275’ printed on his thigh pad was seen yesterday as the player batted in the nets.

Adelaide cabbies want Sunday off
Indian taxi drivers, armed with highly-priced match tickets for Sunday’s India vs Pakistan World Cup clash, have asked their bosses for the day off to be present at the Adelaide Oval. Amritsar-born and bred Manpreet Singh, who works for Adelaide Independent Taxi service, said: “Most taxi drivers in Adelaide are Indians while a small percentage are Pakistanis. Students drive taxis part-time in the night, while we (married guys with families) prefer the day shift. But on Sunday, we have all asked for a holiday so that we can go and watch the Indo-Pak match with our families. We all have our tickets, some purchased from middle-men for as high as AUD 150 per (approx R15,000).” Apart from the on-field action in the Indo-Pak match at the Adelaide Oval, there will be some off-field action outside the Oval too as a mad-rush for taxis is set to erupt on Sunday night.

Mane Kaka’s adrakwaali chai is a global hit
Team India’s most seasoned masseur Ramesh Mane (affectionately called Mane Kaka) is not just well known for rubdowns. In fact, his chai, it is learnt, is a lot more refreshing. Serving tea to some journalists at yesterday’s Team India practice session at St Peter’s College’s Main Oval here, Mane Kaka, surprisingly even knew some veteran journos’ preference — tea with or without sugar. A fellow support staff member swore by Mane Kaka’s ginger tea which is a hit the world over. “Everywhere in the world, wherever the team goes, people approach Mana Kaka for his adrakwaali chai. And this is not restricted to players from different teams. Sometimes, even match officials and match referees drop by for a cuppa,” he said.

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