The lives of Indian cricket players are filled with rumours and conjectures every day. They learn or encounter information about themselves often daily that they are unaware of. Be it Navjot Sidhu stabbing an umpire or Ricky Ponting placing a spring in his bat? Cricketers have been the subject of some of the funniest and strangest rumours, from Shoaib Akhtar undergoing liposuction to MS Dhoni consuming five litres of milk every day. You’ll be confused by the one, however, that India’s all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja unveiled on Tuesday, the day before India’s Asia Cup 2022 encounter against Hong Kong.

The rumoured termination of Jadeja’s contract with Chennai Super Kings is not the only item that has been speculated about. There were rumours that he would not be considered for Team India’s lineup for the T20 World Cup when he was out earlier this year due to injury. However, a death hoax about Jadeja is the strangest rumour he has ever heard about himself. Jadeja refused to say how or when he learned about the story, but he did acknowledge that it is the most bizarre rumour he has ever heard about himself.

“World Cup mein aap ne toh bohot choti baat kahi ki main nahi hu. Main marr gaya hu beech mein toh khabar aayi thi. Itsey badi khabar toh ho hi nahi sakti. (You were told a very unimportant rumour. I learned that I had passed away some time ago. There isn’t a rumour greater than that, can there? Therefore, I don’t give it any thought. My strategy is straightforward: just head to the ground and play well. To succeed, you must practise in the nets, focus on your weak points, and apply what you learn there to the game. The same routine for bowling, batting, and fielding is followed every day “During a news conference, Jadeja remarked.

Jadeja, who participated in India’s successful ODI and T20I campaign in England, played in two T20Is against the West Indies before suffering an injury that forced him to miss the rest of the series and the Zimbabwe trip. Back in the team now, Jadeja took just one match to show what he is capable of as he scored a vital 29 and stitched a crucial partnership with Hardik Pandya that went a long way in helping India beat Pakistan by five wickets in their Asia Cup opener on Sunday.