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Are Australian captains Ravindra Jadeja's 'bunnies'?

After making Michael Clarke his 'bunny', left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja on Friday accounted for stand-in captain Shane Watson in the fourth Test, showing his special liking for Australian skippers.

Jadeja has claimed Clarke’s scalp in five out of the six innings so far and with Watson's scalp in his kitty, he now has dismissed an Australian skipper six times in seven innings in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stumped Watson off the bowling of Jadeja in the post-lunch session.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja has dismissed an Australian skipper six times in seven innings in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. File Pic/AFP

Jadeja had made Clarke dance to his tunes in the first three Tests where the Australian skipper was bowled twice, stumped twice and caught once off his own bowling.

Clarke missed out on the fourth and final Test, which commenced in New Delhi on Friday due to a back injury.

Jadeja has so far scalped 17 wickets in the series with best bowling figures of three for 33.

Jadeja had earlier chosen to be modest in his reaction when asked if he has had the Australian captain's number.

"Bunny...I don't know. It's just that whenever I have the ball, he is there facing me," Jadeja said. "It's a very important wicket because if you allow him to settle down, he can make big scores. So I am very thrilled," he added while speaking in Mohali.

SOME OTHER BUNNIES IN CRICKET HISTORY

Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne’s bunny was South African middle-order batsman Daryl Cullinan

Glenn McGrath, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh seemed to have former England skipper Mike Atherton’s number.

Indian offie Harbhajan Singh enjoyed scalping Ricky Ponting

Indian all-rounder Eknath Solkar repeatedly claimed Geoffrey Boycott’s wicket

Indian legend Kapil Dev could claim that Pakistan’s Mudassar Nazar was his bunny after claiming his wicket 12 times in 18 games.
 

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