Ravindra Jadeja (Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja) is an Indian all-rounder. He is a left-handed batsman and left-arm slow orthodox bowler with a short run-up and a simple bowling action. He is an extraordinary fielder known for his incredible shape and agility as well as fast and accurate throws.
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Ravindra is the eighth in the world and the first in India to score three triple hundreds in first-class cricket. He was part of the Indian squad, led by Virat Kohli, that won the U-19 World Cup in 2008. He soon became an IPL sensation and later established himself as an indispensable part of India’s ODI and Test teams.
Sir Jadeja, that’s how the player is called by the fans, has had an inspiring career that is definitely worth taking a look at.
The beginning of Ravindra Jadeja’s IPL career was marked by his participation in the 2008 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), playing in Rajasthan Royals who won their first and only title that year. He was just 19 years old then. Shane Warne, the captain of the team, gave him a nickname “Rockstar”. In 2010, he received a one-year ban for failing to renew the contract with Rajasthan Royals.
A newly formed franchise team Kochi Tuskers bought Ravindra Jadeja during the 2011 auction. That, too, did not last long as BCCI banned Kochi Tuskers for breaching the terms of the agreement. In 2012, Ravindra Jadeja found a new home with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who paid him a whopping $2 million – highest at that year’s auction. He played with CSK until the franchise was banned for 2 years in 2016.
Gujarat Lions, another newly formed franchise, bought Jadeja for the IPL 2016 and 2017 seasons. Once the ban was lifted, he came back to play for CSK in 2018 and was a part of their victory that year. Ravindra has been with them since then.
Despite missing a season, Ravindra Jadeja is one of the top 10 all-time wicket-takers in the IPL with 108 wickets at an average of just under 30. He has scored close to 2000 runs in the IPL with an average of 24 and a healthy strike rate of over 120. Not bad for a lower middle-order batsman, isn’t it?
During the 2012 – 2013 Ranji Trophy season, which was marked by an outstanding performance of Ravindra scoring 2 triple centuries, the player was selected for the Indian Test squad to play in the home series against England. He debuted in the 4th Test at Nagpur in December 2012.
Despite the triple centuries, which was more of a reflection of the quality of bowling in the Ranji Trophy, he was picked for his left-arm spin and to strengthen the lower batting order. His true strength has been his ability to bowl tirelessly for hours and to mix up deliveries regardless of any assistance from the pitch. The speed with which he finishes an over is exceptional as well.
Most of his career he has been under the shadow of a prominent Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. In tandem, these two are distinguished by excellent performance, especially in spin-friendly conditions of the subcontinent. However, in those cases when India could only afford one spinner, which mainly happened away from home, Jadeja, a live wire with a great batting ability, has often got ahead of R. Ashwin.
Ravindra Jadeja has played 49 Tests for India (33 at home). He has taken 213 wickets and has scored close to 2000 runs with a healthy average of 35. He is currently placed 3rd in the ICC Test all-rounder rankings. Moreover, he holds the record of being the quickest left-arm bowler to take 200 wickets in Tests.
Ravindra Jadeja became a part of the Indian ODI team after a successful campaign in the U-19 World Cup and a tremendous Ranji Season in 2008 – 2009 with 739 runs and 42 wickets. In his first ODI against Sri Lanka that was held in February 2009 in Colombo, he scored an unbeaten 60, though, in a losing cause.
Two-thirds of the total of 165 ODIs he played for India took place away from home. This fact highlights him being indispensable when playing away. In addition to the accurate bowling that he is famous for, he is great at batting and saves crucial runs for his team. Today, he is undoubtedly one of the best fielders in the world and is often brought to matches as a substitute fielder even when he is not a part of the playing XI.
The year 2013 was the best year of his career marked by 462 runs and 52 wickets in 34 ODIs. The same year in August he became the first Indian, since Anil Kumble in 1996, to be put on top of the ICC ODI bowling rankings.
Ravindra Jadeja has scored 2296 runs with an average of 31.88 and has taken 187 wickets with an astonishing economy of less than 5 runs per over. Besides, he is the third Indian cricketer to achieve the record of 2000 runs and 150 wickets in ODIs.
Given an 11-year long career and the value of this player being on the field, one might get a feeling that Ravindra Jadeja has been rather underrated and could have been more involved in Indian cricket.