'Rockstar' Jadeja almost quit spin bowling, reveals coach Debu Mitra

A true rags-to-riches story, Jadeja is a complete package in world cricket, says proud mentor.

updated: June 13, 2013 01:00 IST
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Birmingham: After the emphatic eight-wicket win against the West Indies at The Oval on Tuesday, the Indian team drove down to Birmingham from London on Wednesday evening. Outside the capital city of England, Birmingham is the most populous with a huge percentage of Asian residents. A steady drizzle greeted the team as India's latest bowling star Ravindra Jadeja walked nine feet tall.

The ICC Champions Trophy is thoroughly exposing India's Generation Next. If Shikhar Dhawan has been India's man of the moment with back-to-back centuries against South Africa and the West Indies, Jadeja is not far behind. His career-best 5 for 36 spun a web around top Caribbean batsmen as India stormed into the semifinals of the Champions Trophy from group B.

When Jadeja was tormenting the West Indian batsmen with tight line and length, up in the stands at The Oval was a 65-year-old man savouring each and every bit of Jadeja's success. Debu Mitra has been Saurashtra's coach for nine seasons and the former Bengal batsman has played a big hand in changing the fortunes of the state side from a West Zone minnow to a serious title contender.

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