Ravindra Jadejaâ€™s family has displayed their diverse political views in the last couple of months. Jadejaâ€™s wife has displayed their support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while his father and sister are part of the Congress. Recently, the Saurashtra all-rounder showed his support to the BJP on his Twitter timeline by posting a photo of the Lotus flower, the party symbol of the BJP and stating that he openly supported the party for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. This resulted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanking the cricketer and also wishing him congratulations for his selection in the 15-man Indian cricket team squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be held in England on May 30.
Rivaba Jadeja, the wife of Jadeja, had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat's Jamnagar in the presence of senior party leaders in March. The appointment came a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jamnagar. Before joining the BJP, Rivaba headed the Mahila wing of Karni Sena in Gujarat. Rivaba's induction into the saffron party comes months after she along with Ravindra Jadeja met Modi at his official residence in New Delhi.
A month after Ravindra Jadeja's wife joined the BJP, the cricketer's father and sister joined the Congress in Gujarat in the presence of party leader Hardik Patel. Jadeja's father, Anirudhsinh, and sister, Naynaba, joined the Congress at an election rally in Kalavad city of Jamnagar district.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 which is scheduled to be played in England and Wales. Vijay Shankar, who has shown maturity and intent in the last few games he played, has been included in the 15-member squad. The 33-year-old Karthik got the nod ahead of the 21-year-old Pant despite an indifferent IPL campaign with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
"The second wicketkeeper comes into play only if Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) is injured. We went ahead with Karthik because of his experience in big matches," Prasad said while announcing the squad in Mumbai. The side, expectedly led by Virat Kohli, comprises five specialist batsmen, two wicketkeepers, three fast bowlers, three all-rounders and two specialist spinners.
The premier 50-over tournament will begin on May 30 and the final will be played on July 14. The â€˜Men in Blueâ€™ will play their first game against Proteas on June 5 at Rose Bowl, Southampton.