Born on 6th Decembers, 1988 the enigma called Ravindra Jadeja turns 30 today.
It was in 2006 Under-19 World Cup that splendid spells from Ravinder Jadeja and Piyush Chawla bundled Pakistan in 109 in the finale. Unfortunately, India lost the match by 38 runs but the tournament gave birth to some of the future legends of the Indian cricket team.
In 2008 during the next Under-19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur Ravindra Jadeja went on to win it for Virat Kohli’s Team India. He bagged 10 wickets at 13.20 and with an economy rate of 3.14 led Indian team to their second Under-19 World Cup triumph.
This limited over specialist became the second bowler after Anil Kumble to claim the number 1 spot among bowlers in One Day International in 2013. However, his test performances have been also impressive since his test debut in 2011-12 against England. Since then he has been a part of some heroic victories against Australia (in 2012-13 and 2016-17) and England (2016-17). Jadeja, currently the second-ranked test all-rounder is also in the top 5 in bowlers’ ranking and has 385 wickets in international cricket till now.
Although he started with Rajasthan Royals in IPL, he later became one of the main pillars of Chennai Super Kings with his tight bowling, dashing fielding and big hitting. He has been a go-to man for MS Dhoni whenever he needed to break a partnership. After facing a ban in the third edition of IPL, he came back even stronger to prove his worth as an all-rounder.
Jadeja provides a good support in lower order in both tests and ODIs as displayed by his 10 fifties in ODIs and 9 fifties and one solitary century in test cricket. His maiden century came in his home ground in October against the West Indies. However, Jadeja has a scintillating batting record in the first class cricket and he is one of those nine batsmen who have scored three first-class triple hundreds. The names include legends like WG Grace, Bill Ponsford, Don Bradman, Wally Hammond, Graeme Hich, Brian Lara, Michael Hussey, and Cheteshwar Pujara. Jadeja had entered this elite list before he even turned 24.
He was called ‘rock-star’ by Shane Warne during the inaugural IPL edition. He was earlier trolled as ‘Sir’, ‘Lord’ by the fans, but now those have become his nicknames. With India Australia test series beginning from today, we can only hope the birthday boy to show his skills on the Australian soil to register the much-awaited series win for the team.