Ravindra Jadeja is an Indian cricketer who plays for Saurashtra in domestic. A left-arm spinner, Jadeja is also an useful lower-order batsman and has three first-class triple centuries to his name.
He was a part of the Indian team that won ICC U-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008 under the captaincy of current Indian Captain Virat Kohli. Jadeja made his international debut during the ODI against Sri Lanka on 8 February 2009 and had scored an impressive fifty in his maiden innings. It, however, took him four years to earn his maiden Test cap as he debuted on 13 December 2012, against England at Nagpur.
Jadeja was born in Jamnagar in a Gujarati family. His father Anirudh was a watchman for a private security agency. Jadeja suffered a personal tragedy early on in his career when his mother Lata died in an accident in 2005 which almost made him quit cricket.
Jadeja was picked in India’s Under-19 team in 2005 at the age of 16. He made his first-class debut in the 2006–07 Duleep Trophy.
Jadeja had a tough start to his international career. After scoring a fifty on his ODI debut, he was severely criticised for his performance in the 2009 World T20. With performances not coming on a consistent basis, Jadeja remained in and out of the team for quite a handful of seasons.
However, his fortunes completely changed once he was handed his Test cap in a dead rubber of the home series against England in 2012-13. He went on to star with the ball in the following series when Australia toured India in early 2013. Jadeja along with his spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin ran riot as India recorded a historic whitewash over the tourists.
His year went on to become from good to better after he starred with the ball in India’s Champions Trophy title glory, winning the Golden Ball for his stunning performances in the tournament. He took 12 wickets in the tournament as India defeated England in the final to lift the trophy.
That season truly announced the arrival of Jadeja at the international stage. Since that season, he did not look back, cementing his spot in the national team across formats. In Tests, he formed a potent partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin as both of them blew away almost all oppositions who visited India. Those performances helped him rise to the top of ICC Test bowlers’ ranking. But his fortunes in white-ball cricket started dwindling post the 2015 World Cup. The selectors finally wielded the axe after he along with Ashwin struggled to deliver in the 2017 Champions Trophy.
India had finished runners-up in the showpiece event but Ashwin-Jadeja had failed to come up with eye-catching performances. The Indian team-management started showing their faith in wrist spinners, making it tough for Jadeja to catapult in the limited-overs team.
Records and achievements:
- Jadeja is the first Indian to score three first-class triple centuries, joining Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Bill Ponsford, Wally Hammond, WG Grace, Graeme Hick and Mike Hussey.
- Was selected in the ICC World ODI XI twice – 2013, 2016
- In 2013, he topped the ICC ODI rankings, becoming the first Indian bowler to top the rankings since Anil Kumble in 1996.