Ajay Jadeja recounts Ibrahim Zadran’s hidden admiration for Sachin Tendulkar

Ajay Jadeja recounts Ibrahim Zadran’s hidden admiration for Sachin Tendulkar

Former Indian cricketer, and mentor to the Afghanistan cricket team during the 2023 World Cup, Ajay Jadeja shared a captivating anecdote about opening batter Ibrahim Zadran. The Afghan team received accolades for their stellar performance in the tournament, defeating cricket powerhouses such as England, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.

Jadeja recounted a unique trait of Zadran, highlighting his fondness for reading. In a noteworthy incident, Jadeja observed Zadran engrossed in reading the book of Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar. Intrigued by Zadran’s interest, Jadeja pledged to arrange a meeting between the young player and Tendulkar upon reaching Mumbai.

“Ibrahim Zadran stands out from the rest of the Afghanistan team, he enjoys reading. I noticed him engrossed in Sachin Tendulkar’s book one day. I assured them I’d arrange a meeting with Sachin Tendulkar once we got to Mumbai,” Jadeja said on Sports Tak.

The promise materialized, with Sachin Tendulkar meeting the Afghanistan team and providing them with a motivational talk before their crucial match against eventual champions Australia in Mumbai.

In addition to praising Zadran, Jadeja commended Afghanistan’s head coach, Jonathan Trott. He lauded Trott for his mastery of fundamental aspects such as basics, discipline, timing, dedication, and process.

“Jonathan Trott is a source of valuable lessons. He excels in fundamentals like basics, discipline, timing, dedication, and process. Despite facing mental health challenges that are often overlooked, he has made a remarkable comeback in cricket. Choosing to coach a team that many prominent coaches might hesitate to take on, Trott deserves significant credit for Afghanistan’s success,” Jadeja added.

Afghanistan performed admirably in the ICC event, winning four out of nine group stage matches and finishing sixth in the points table.

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