Ravindra Jadeja also received some bike advises from MS Dhoni © Getty Images
Ravindra Jadeja also received some bike advises from MS Dhoni © Getty Images

After the conclusion of the West Indies tour, Ravindra Jadeja finally managed to get a glimpse of his one-month old daughter Nidhaya for the first time. During the Castrol event for which Jadeja has been chosen as the brand ambassador, the all-rounder could not contain his excitement in meeting his daughter. Jadeja had to rush to fulfil contractual obligation after meeting his daughter. Jadeja also recalled some funny moments with MS Dhoni and spoke about epic run-out of Hardik Pandya during the final of Champions Trophy 2017.

A rather excited Jadeja recalled the day when he learnt about being a father. “I was a different feeling. I went ‘blank’, actually. I feel I have additional responsibility now. As of now, I’m not realising anything, but as I spend more time with the baby, I’ll get more attached,” Jadeja told The Times of India (TOI). “My wife (Riva Solanki) says that my daughter is as full of energy as me. She’s only one-month old, but is already active like a six-month old child. I don’t think I’ve to get a DNA test done for her,” Jadeja quipped.

With the arrival of his daughter, Jadeja feels he might get lesser time with his Hayabusa as well. However, MS Dhoni came to the rescue for his teammate even in this situation and Jadeja got some handy tips from the expert. “He told me that ‘Hayabusa is a good bike, but you need to do some exercises of the back to drive it, because you need to bend a lot while driving it,” Jadeja said before revealing Dhoni’s penchant for bikes, “He has so many bikes that even he doesn’t know about their number. Earlier, he must not be getting the time to drive them, but now that he’s retired from Test cricket, he must be getting some time to drive them.”

Jadeja, of course, is famous for his horses. He expressed a wish of his: “More than a bike, I’ll be keen to go horse riding with him.”

Keeping funny moments aside, Jadeja faced severe criticisms for the dismissal of Pandya during the final of Champions Trophy 2017 against arch-rivals Pakistan. Pandya was playing on 76 when he was run out by Hasan Ali and Mohammad Hafeez. Jadeja’s mix-up probably cost India the match. However, he remains unaffected by the comments: “I don’t know who says good or bad things about me, but honestly the true followers of cricket, who understand the game, know that in cricket, these things happen. I think that cricket has witnessed lakhs of run outs. It’s a part of the game. I don’t think I need to worry much about it.”

Jadeja will soon leave with Team India for the Sri Lanka tour where he is eager to bowl and bring his expertise to forefront. India will be playing 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and a T20I from July 26.