Jeet Raval

New Zealand
Age
September 22, 1988 (33 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Gujarat
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
New Zealand
Bowling Style
Leg break

Jeet Raval is another Indian-born player who plays for New Zealand. Born in Ahmedabad, India on 22 September 1988, Raval started his career as a medium-pace bowler for Gujrat’s Under-15 and Under-17 team and then switched to the role of a batting all-rounder. Raval opened innings with then Indian wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel. Raval moved to Auckland, New Zealand when he was 16. He was given a chance to play by Sri Lankan coach Kit Perera after a spontaneous meeting at a gas station where Raval’s father was working.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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-
-
Bowling
-
-
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Team played

New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand A, Yorkshire, Central Districts, New Zealand XI

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
6
6
0
273
118
45.5
288
94.79
1
2
27
4
T20I
2
2
0
35
25
17.5
24
145.83
0
0
7
0
Test
21
34
2
1129
132
35.28
2571
43.91
1
8
142
1
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
6
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
2
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
21
1
6
1
0
-
1
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Raval started playing for Suburbs New Lynn cricket club and his college team in late 2004. He rose from Western Districts U-17 side to New Zealand’s Under-19 team in 2006. Raval played 3-game Test and ODI series against his former countrymen. He was the highest run-scorer in the Test series and finished ahead of Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, scoring 203 runs in 3 Tests at an average of 33.83 including two fifties.

Raval made his first-class debut for Auckland against the visiting West Indians. In his 3rd first-class game, he scored 256 runs in 483 balls and stayed on the field for 603 minutes. He scored 520 runs in his first season at an average of 53.27. Raval played the 2012 season for Central District and returned back to Auckland next season. He earned his Test team call after a successful 2015-16 domestic season. He scored 1016 runs for Auckland at an average of 59.76. Auckland won the Plunket Shield for the 2015/16 season. In 118 first-class games, Raval has scored 7285 runs at an average of 36.79. He has scored 16 centuries, 34 half-centuries and has taken 124 catches in first-class cricket so far. He is called New Zealand’s Rahul Dravid by his teammates.

Raval was included in the Test squad for New Zealand’s tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa but didn’t make it to the final eleven. Raval Made his international Test debut against Pakistan on 17 November 2016 in Christchurch. He scored 55 runs in his first innings and remained not out on 36 in second. New Zealand won the game by 8 wickets. He also took 4 catches in the game, a record for a New Zealand non-wicket-keeper on debut. He finished the series as the second-highest leading scorer with 148 runs in 2 games at an average of 49.33 and two half-centuries. Raval showed his abilities in the Test series against South Africa by scoring 256 runs in 4 innings of a 3-Test series at an average of 64. He scored three half-centuries in the series. His average dropped below the 20s after this series with a chain of poor performances against England and Pakistan.

Raval scored his first and only hundred against Bangladesh in February 2019, making 132 runs in the winning cause. He holds a record of scoring the most half-centuries without scoring a century for New Zealand. He achieved this feat after 7 half-centuries. His form dropped again in 2019. He scored only 198 runs in 7 Tests played during the 2019 season.

Raval has played 24 Tests for New Zealand, scoring 1143 runs at an average of 30.07 which he definitely needs to improve to keep playing at the international level. He has been offered a contract by Northern Districts for the 2020-21 domestic season.

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