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Ravindra Jadeja: The All-in-one Player

Arguably the best fielder of the modern era, Ravinda Jadeja's energy is infectious when he is on the field. Capable of troubling even the most experienced players with the ball, Jadeja can also clear boundaries quite easily when batting. He is a live wire in the field and can provide the team with match-changing moments anytime in the game.

Indian cricket and cricket fans are very fortunate to have such a talented player gracing the cricket field, doing extraordinary things and putting up an exciting show for everyone watching almost every time he plays.

  • Personal Details
  • Current Rankings
  • Career Beginning
  • Career Summary
  • Captaincy Record
  • Bio
    • Early Life and Youth Career
    • Start of Domestic and International Career
    • Comeback into National Colors
    • Injuries and Becoming a Test Regular
    • Indian T20 League Career
  • Records and Achievements
  • FAQs

Personal Details

Name Ravindra Jadeja
Date of Birth 6th Dec 1988
Birthplace Navagam Ghed, Gujarat
Height 5′8″
Playing Role All-rounder
Batting Style Slow left-arm orthodox
Teams Played For India, India A, India B, India Blue, India Red, Rest of India, West Zone, Chennai, Rajasthan, India Under-19, Saurashtra, Kochi, Gujarat

Current Rankings

Game Format Test ODI T20
ICC Ranking in Batting 41 89 -
ICC Ranking in Bowling 17 29 -
ICC Ranking as an All-rounder 2 9 -

Career Beginning

Test Debut vs. England at Nagpur, 13 Dec. 2012
ODI Debut vs. Sri Lanka at Colombo, 08 Feb. 2009
T20I Debut vs. Sri Lanka at Colombo, 10 Feb. 2009
Indian T20 League Debut vvs. Delhi at Delhi, 19 Apr. 2008

Career Summary

Batting

Format M Runs HS Avg SR 100 50 4s 6s CT
Test 51 1954 100* vs. WI 36.18 62.48 1 15 187 50 38
ODI 168 2411 87 vs. Eng 32.58 87.07 0 13 178 49 60
T20I 50 217 44* vs. Aus 15.5 112.43 0 0 12 6 21
IT20L 191 2290 62* vs. Bangalore 26.62 128.14 0 2 168 82 76

Bowling

Format M Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 3W 5W
Test 51 220 7/48 vs. Eng 2.44 24.32 59.71 22 9
ODI 168 188 5/36 vs. WI 4.92 37.36 45.51 12 1
T20I 50 39 3/48 vs. WI 7.1 29.53 24.94 1 0
IT20L 162 120 5/16 vs. Deccan 7.62 30.25 23.8 8 1

Ravindra Jadeja’ Bio

Early Life and Youth Career

Ravidra Jadeja was born on 6th December 1988 into a Gujarati Rajput family in the Navagam Ghed city in Gujarat. His father, Anirudh, worked as a watchman for a private security agency. His father wanted him to become an army officer but his interest was in cricket. His mother, Lata, died in an accident in 2005 and the trauma of his mother's death almost made him quit cricket. His sister, Naina, is a nurse. Ravindra Jadeja lives in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

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, which was held in Sri Lanka. India finished as 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 six games at an average of 13.

Start of Domestic and International Career

Jadeja made his first class debut in the 2006–07 Duleep Trophy. He plays for the West Zone in the Duleep Trophy and for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy. He had a good stint in the Indian T20 league with Rajasthan under the captaincy of Shane Warne, who nicknamed him ”Rockstar.” That performance, along with an impressive all-round show in the 2008-09 Ranji Trophy where he picked up 42 wickets and scored 739 runs, made Jadeja catch the attention of the national team selectors. He was picked for the 2009 ODI series in Sri Lanka. His international debut came in the final match of the series on 8th February 2009, where he scored 60*, although India lost the match.

Ordinary performances in the 2009 World T20 made him a laughing stock and subsequently he was dropped from the team. The 2009 -10 season was difficult for him, but he had the immense backing from the then skipper MS Dhoni, who was adamant in his support in the role of an all-rounder. A few quiet seasons followed and he pegged away at the domestic circuit. Although known as a proper all-rounder there, it was evident that he was a more effective bowler, having the ability to hit a spot with relentless accuracy.

Comeback into the National Colors

The year 2012 turned out to be productive for Jadeja. He was one of the marquee signings for the then defending champions Chennai. He was signed for a whopping ₹9.8 crore, the most expensive player in that season. Jadeja hit the headlines and record books when he became the first Indian to score 3 triple centuries in first class cricket in the same year. His first came in 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 off 501 balls. Jadeja reached this milestone at the young age of 23.

With an all-rounder's role beckoning and the series already lost to England with one game to play, Jadeja received his first Test cap in 2012. The year 2013 saw Jadeja reach greater heights as he ran through the Australian batting line-up in India's 4-0 historic clean sweep in Tests. He surged to the top in the ICC bowler's rankings in ODIs, going past the likes of world-class spinners like Saeed Ajmal and Sunil Narine.

The same year, he shone in India's Champions Trophy title glory, gaining the Golden Ball for his terrific bowling performances in the tournament. That international season was an emphatic statement that Jadeja had arrived. Since then, he hasn't looked back, becoming a force to reckon with in Tests, particularly on the subcontinent as India charged to No.1 in the ICC rankings. His association with Ashwin has dismantled many opposition batting line-ups and the duo have become the best spin attack in the world.

Injuries and Becoming a Test Regular

Injuries hampering his form in the shorter formats and some rule changes after the 2015 World Cup saw him being ineffective in white-ball cricket. He was out of the limited-overs squads after the 2017 Champions Trophy. India finished as runners-up in the showpiece event but the Test performances of Jadeja were not being replicated in white-ball cricket. The advent of wrist spinners has made things tough, although Jadeja's multidimensional skills did keep him in the hunt. He is arguably India's best fielder and can also contribute with the bat apart from his bowling skills. His supreme fitness levels also meant he was always on the radar for national selection whenever there was an opportunity.

He returned to the ODI team for the 2018 Asia Cup and has played a sizable amount of games since then although he was dropped for a few matches. An all-round package, Jadeja is a tough candidate for any captain to ignore because he is a live wire in the field, along with his ability to bowl decent spin. Recurring injuries to Hardik Pandya in the 2018-19 season gave a new lease of life to Jadeja's white-ball dreams and he cemented his spot in the squad, featuring at no.7 on many occasions. Jadeja's batting in Tests has also hit a peak over the last few years, making him a very reliable batsman irrespective of the conditions.

Indian T20 League Career

Ravindra Jadeja was selected by Rajasthan for the inaugural season of the Indian T20 League in 2008 and played an important role in their victory in the final. Jadeja scored 135 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 131.06. He did even better in 2009, scoring 295 runs at a strike rate of 110.90, and conceding fewer than 6.5 runs per over. Shane Warne, the captain of Rajasthan, referred to Jadeja as a "superstar in the making.” Warne also nicknamed him Rockstar.

In 2011, Jadeja was bought by the new Kochi team. After playing for one season, the franchise was terminated from the league in September 2011, and in the 2012 player auction, Jadeja was bought by Chennai for ₹9.8 crore. Jadeja was the most expensive player of that year's auction. He was adjudged the Man of the Match in the second match of the season against Deccan for his all-round performance (48 runs off 29 balls, 5/16 in 4 overs). During the 2015 season, Jadeja put in a fine spin bowling performance in Chennai, taking 4 wickets for 11 runs against Rajasthan.

When the Chennai franchise was suspended for two years after a match-fixing scandal in the 2015 season, Jadeja went on to represent the Gujarat franchise. He returned to the reinstated Chennai team in 2018. In the 19th match of the 2021 season against Bangalore, Jadeja smashed 37 runs (6, 6, 7nb, 6, 2, 6, 4) off the final over against Harshal Patel. He also took 3 wickets and initiated a run-out in the second innings and was adjudged the Player of the Match. It was one of the most dominant displays of all-round skills by a player in the league.

Records and Achievements

Here are some of Jadeja’s key records and achievements:

  • Jadeja is the first Indian player and 8th overall to score 3 first class triple centuries in his career.
  • Jadeja is the 3rd cricketer for India to score 2,000 runs and take 150 wickets in ODIs.
  • He was part of the ICC World ODI XI in 2013 and 2016.
  • He ranked 2nd among ICC Top 10 Test all-rounders in 2018.
  • He was named in the Test XI of the Year by Cricbuzz in 2013.
  • He was ranked No.1 bowler in ODIs by the ICC in August 2013.
  • In March 2017, Jadeja became the top ranked Test bowler in the world.
  • He ranked 2nd among ICC Top 10 Test all-rounders in 2018.
  • He was the recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award in the year 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Ravindra Jadeja related to Ajay jadeja?

No, Ravindra jadeja and Ajay jadeja are not related. Ajay Jadeja hails from a royal family and was mostly brought up in Delhi. On the other hand, Ravindra Jadeja is from Jamnagar and comes from a very humble background.

When did Ravindra Jadeja make his Indian T20 League debut?

Ravindra Jadeja made his debut for Rajasthan in the inaugural season of the Indian T20 League in 2008 and played an important role in their victory. Jadeja scored 135 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 131.06, his best score being 36* against Punjab.

Is Ravindra Jadeja non-vegetarian?

Yes, Jadeja is non-vegetarian. When touring, he takes a cook along with him and enjoys non-vegetarian food, which is something he can not do at home.

When did Ravindra Jadeja play in the U-19 World Cup?

Jadeja played for India in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup held in Sri Lanka. India finished runners-up, with Jadeja impressing in the final against Pakistan with a haul of 3 wickets. He was named vice captain of the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U-19 Cricket World Cup.

Does Ravindra Jadeja have a child?

Jadeja married Reeva Solanki on 17th April 2016. They have a daughter named Nidhyana, who was born in June 2017.


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