Jadeja Set For 150th Match For Chennai Super Kings; Players With Most Matches For CSK
When Ravindra Jadeja steps on to the field on 9th April 2022 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, he would be featuring in his 150th match for the Chennai Super Kings. Only two men have accomplished this feat for the Super Kings till today. And, they are MS Dhoni (217 matches) and Suresh Raina (200 matches).
This beautiful Jadeja – Chennai Super Kings relationship started in 2012. And through the course of a decade, Jadeja has grown from a talented player to a senior statesman. From rockstar in 2012 to captain in 2022.
Jadeja is like an ‘all in one’ cricketer. The 33-year-old can mould his game to suit the demands of the situation that his team finds itself in. He can score quick runs with the willow if his team wants them, he can come in and scalp a few wickets with the ball and break flourishing partnerships. He is a star in T20 cricket, while being the No. 1 ranked all-rounder in Test cricket. That says it all.
Jadeja is the third highest wicket taker for the Super Kings, having scalped 110 wickets in 149 matches. With the willow, the left-handed batter has amassed 1523 runs for the Yellow Brigade.
Jadeja has played many glittering knocks that fans will remember for a long time. In just his second match for the Super Kings in 2012, Jadeja announced his arrival with a rollicking 48 off 29 against Deccan Chargers that helped the team win by 74 runs. There has been no looking back.
Fast forward nine years to 2021, and we will delve deep into another Jadeja special that will not fade away from the minds of the fans. Jadeja blasted a 28-ball 62* against the Royal Challengers Bangalore side and helped the Men in Yellow beat their opposition by 69 runs. In this match, Jadeja took Harshal Patel for 36 runs in a single over (a record in IPL cricket).
Jadeja’s journey with the Super Kings took another significant step ahead of the IPL 2022 season when MS Dhoni handed over captaincy to him. While there’s plenty more in this Yellovely relationship, here are a few words from the man himself – spoken to CSK TV ahead of the IPL 2022 auction – that sum it all up:
“CSK is everything. It’s a family. CSK is like my home now. I’ve been a part of the team for 10 years. I don’t see myself playing for some other team from now.”