Ravi Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja
Personal information
Full name Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja
Born (1988-12-06) 6 December 1988 (age 25)
NavagamGhed, Gujarat, India
Nickname Jaddu, RJ, Rockstar
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 275) 13 December 2012 v England
Last Test 22 March 2013 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 177) 8 February 2008 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 10 October 2013 v Australia
Domestic team information
2006–present Saurashtra
2008–2009 Rajasthan Royals
2011 Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2012–present Chennai Super Kings
Source: Cricinfo, 28 June 2013

Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja (born 6 December 1988) is a professional Indian cricketer .[1] He is a left-handed middle-order batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. Jadeja represents Saurashtra in first-class cricket, and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. He was part of the victorious Indian U-19 cricket team that won the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008; he also represented India in the 2009 and 2010 ICC World Twenty20 competitions.

Jadeja made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 8 February 2009 and scored an unbeaten 60 in that match. However, his Test debut came almost four years later, in December 2012, against England at Nagpur. He was bought for $2 million by the Chennai Super Kings at the 2012 IPL Players Auction.

Personal life

Jadeja was born on 6 December 1988 to a Rajput family. His father Anirudhsinh was a watchman for a private security agency. His mother Lata passed away in an accident in 2005. The trauma of his mother's death almost made him quit cricket. His sister Naina is a nurse.[2]


Youth career

Jadeja made his first Under-19 appearance for India in 2005 at the age of 16. He was picked in the Indian squad for the 2006 U/19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka. India finished runners-up with Jadeja impressing in the final against Pakistan with a haul of 3 wickets. He was the vice-captain of the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup. He played a crucial role with the ball in the tournament, taking 10 wickets in 6 games at an average of 13.

International career

Jadeja is currently the NO.1 Bowler in ICC ODI rankings as of 14th October 2013. Jadeja caught the attention of the national selectors with his strong all-round showing in the 2008–09 Ranji Trophy – 42 wickets and 739 runs – and was picked for the ODI series in Sri Lanka. His international debut came in the final match of the series on 8 February 2009 where he scored 60*, although India lost the match. In the 2009 World Twenty20, Jadeja was criticized for not scoring fast enough in India's loss to England. After the incumbent all rounder Yusuf Pathan suffered a loss of form, Jadeja took his place at No. 7 in the ODI team in late-2009. In the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Cuttack on 21 December 2009, Jadeja was awarded the man of the match award following a haul of four wickets. His best bowling is 4–32.[3]

He made a comeback into the Indian ODI side in the third ODI against England at The Oval in London. Arriving at the crease with India 58–5 after 19 overs, he scored 78, adding 112 with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and 59 off only 5.1 overs with Ravichandran Ashwin to help his side reach 234–7 in 50 overs. He also took 2–42 from his 9 overs and was named "player of the match", but England won the rain-affected game. His performance in the fourth ODI at Lord's was mixed: he gave away four crucial overthrows with a poor throw from the boundary, but then took a brilliant catch on the boundary off the last ball.[4]

After his impressive performance at the start of Ranji Trophy season 2012–13 in which he scored two 300+ scores in 4 matches (4/125 and then 303* against Gujarat at Surat; 331 and 3/109 against Railways at Rajkot in the Ranji Trophy 2012–13), he was called up to join the 15-member India Test team to play the fourth Test against England at Nagpur.[5] In his Test debut against England at Nagpur, he bowled 70 overs and picked 3/117.[6]

During the second ODI in the India-England series at Kochi, Jadeja smashed 61 off just 37 balls which took India to a total of 285. In the second innings he bowled a remarkable spell of 2 for 12 in 7 overs helping India beat England by 127 runs and level the series 1–1. This performance earned Jadeja the Man of the Match award.

In the historic 4-0 home Test series win against Australia in February–March 2013, Jadeja took 24 wickets, dismissing the Australian captain Michael Clarke five out of six times in the series which cemented his place in the team as an all-rounder despite not contributing much with the bat. His seven-wicket haul including a five-for in the second innings of the final Test match earned him the Man of the Match award.[7][8][9][10][11] He played an important role for India in lifting the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.He made 33* with bat and took 2 wickets in the final against England.

He is ranked as the No.1 bowler in ODI Cricket by the ICC in August 2013. Jadeja is the first India bowler to top the rankings since Anil Kumble, who topped the table in 1996. He is the fourth India bowler after Kapil Dev, Maninder Singh and Kumble to be ranked No. 1.[1]

First class cricket

Jadeja made his first-class debut in the 2006–07 Duleep Trophy. He plays for West Zone in the Duleep Trophy and for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy.

In 2012, Jadeja became the eighth player in history, and the first Indian player, to score three first-class triple centuries in his career, joining Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Bill Ponsford, Walter Hammond, WG Grace, Graeme Hick and Mike Hussey. His first came in early November 2011 against Orissa, in which he scored 314 off 375 balls. His second came in November 2012 against Gujarat, in which he scored 303 not out. His third came against Railways in December 2012, in which he scored 331 runs in 501 balls. Jadeja reached this milestone at the young age of only 23.[12]

Indian Premier League

Ravindra Jadeja was selected by the Rajasthan Royals for the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, and played an important role in their victory (Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final). Jadeja scored 135 runs from 14 matches at a strike rate of 131.06, his best score being 36* against Kings XI Punjab. He did even better in 2009, scoring 295 runs at a strike rate of 110.90,[13] and conceding fewer than 6.5 runs per over.[14] Shane Warne, the captain of Rajasthan Royals, referred to Jadeja as a "superstar in the making".[15] Warne also nicknamed him "Rockstar".[16]

Jadeja sat out the 2010 IPL because of a ban arising from contractual irregularities.[17] In 2011, he was bought by the Kochi Tuskers Kerala for $950,000. Kochi Tuskers were terminated from the IPL in September 2011, and in the 2012 IPL player auction, Jadeja was bought by Chennai Super Kings for $2 million (approx. Rs. 9.8 crore) after a tie-breaker with Deccan Chargers who bid the same amount. Jadeja was the most expensive player of the year's auction.[18] He won the Man of the Match award in the second match of the season against Deccan Chargers for his all-round performance (48 runs off 29 balls, 5/16 in 4 overs).[19]

Praise and criticism


Sunil Gavaskar said in March 2013 that Ravindra Jadeja, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, was a role model for youngsters.[20] Jadeja's contributions in India's 4-0 test series win over Australia in February and March 2013 were praised in the media,[21] and Gavaskar called him one of the architects of the win.[20] Jadeja's dominance of Clarke was also praised in the media.[22] Jadeja was named Player of the Week by the portal Cricket World after the end of the fourth test.[23]

Online sarcasm and jokes

Since his performance at the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 event, Jadeja has been a consistent target of sarcasm and jokes by cricket portals and Indian cricket fans.[21][24] On Twitter and Facebook, he is jokingly referred to as Sir Ravindra Jadeja since an online joke calling him the same went viral.[21][24] When Jadeja was out clean bowled for 16 while not offering a shot in the February 2013 Chennai test against Australia, a cricket portal described his dismissal as "Jadeja falls 284 runs short of what would have been a fourth first-class triple-century".[21] Following his good performance against Australia in the 2013 test series, there was a flurry of Jadeja jokes on Twitter comparing him to Rajinikanth.[25][26][27] His World Heritage Encyclopedia article was temporarily vandalized to mock him.[24][28][29][30] In April 2013, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin, teammates of Jadeja in Chennai Super Kings, tweeted several Jadeja jokes on Twitter, in one of which Dhoni referred to him as Sri Sri Pandit Sir Lord Ravindra Jadeja.[30][31][32][33][34] In response, Jadeja said in April 2013 that it was a joke which everybody was enjoying, and that he had no problem with the prefix Sir.[35][36]

Test Match awards

Man of the Match award

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance
1 Australia Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi 22–24 March 2013 1st Innings: 29-8-40-2; 43 (49 balls; 6×4, 0×6);
2nd Innings: 16-2-58-5; DNB

ODI awards

Man of the Match award

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance
1 Sri Lanka Barabati Stadium, Cuttack 21 December 2009 10-0-32-4; DNB
2 South Africa Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur 21 February 2010 22 (20 balls: 1x4); 10-2-29-2
3 England The Oval, London 9 September 2011 78 (89 balls: 10x4); 9-0-42-2
4 England Eden Gardens, Kolkata 25 October 2011 21 (21 balls: 2x4); 8-0-33-4
5 England Nehru Stadium, Kochi 15 January 2013 61* (37 balls: 8x4, 2x6); 7-1-12-2
6 West Indies The Oval, London 11 June 2013 10-2-36-5, 1 catch; DNB
7 England Edgbaston, Birmingham 23 June 2013 33* (25 balls: 2x4, 2x6); 4-0-24-2

T20I awards

Man of the Match award

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance
1 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 3 February 2012 3-0-16-1, 1 catch; DNB


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