Ravindra Jadeja Biography:
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Sir Ravindra Jadeja is currently one of the best all-rounders in world cricket. He is also one of the best fielders to have graced the cricket field. He is known for his left arm leg-spin bowling and aggressive batting in the lower middle order.
Ravindra Jadeja Family:
Ravindra Jadeja was born on 6th December 1988. He came from a poor background as his father Anirudhsinh Jadeja was a watchman for a security agency. His mother Lata Jadeja passed away in 2005 when Jadeja was merely 16 years old.
Ravindra Jadeja had a tough childhood as his father wanted him to join the military and his interest was always in cricket. Sadly the 2005 incident almost made him cricket because of the trauma he suffered. He also has 2 sisters named Naina Jadeja and Padmini Jadeja.
Jadeja got married to Rivaba Solanki in April 2016. He also has a daughter named Nidhyana Jadeja who was born in June 2017.
Ravindra Jadeja cricket journey started for India Under-19 in 2005. He was also part of the 2006 Under-19 World Cup. India qualified for the Finals but unfortunately lost to Pakistan. Ravindra Jadeja impressed in the Finals with his 3 wicket haul.
After a good World Cup, 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.
2008 proved to be a crucial year for him as he was the part of the World Cup-winning Under-19 team of India under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. He was a crucial member of the team as he picked up 10 wickets in 6 games at an average of 13.
This was not the only good thing that happened to him in 2008. He performed exceedingly well in the 2008/09 Ranji Trophy as he picked up 42 wickets and scored 739 runs. This serious performance in the domestic world caught the attention of Indian selectors as Jadeja was selected in the squad of the Indian team for One Day series against Sri Lanka.
Although Ravi Jadeja made his One Day debut very early in his career it took him time to get a spot in Test match cricket. Finally, Jadeja was included in the playing XI as he debuted against England in 2012. It was a modest debut for Jadeja as he scored 12 runs and picked up 3 wickets in the match.
He impressed the selectors and his teammates with his accuracy and balance in his bowling. His first test wicket was that of Jonathan Trott. Interestingly, Jadeja got out Kevin Pietersen in both innings of the match.
2013 was a great year for Ravindra Jadeja. Australia’s tour of India in February turned out to be a great one for him. In the 4 Test match series, he picked up 24 wickets second only to Ravichandran Ashwin.
It was the first time that the cricket world saw the lethal bowling partnership of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. He also played a crucial knock of 43 runs in the 4th Test match and also picked up his first five-wicket haul in the same match. He was awarded his first Man of the Match trophy for his stellar performance.
In his next match itself, he crashed the South African batting line up as he picked up 6 wickets. Jadeja was gaining confidence with the ball as he was continuously picking up wickets and stopping runs too. Cricket had identified the talent that this man had with the ball but with the bat, he had not unleashed his true potential.
But, then in the crucial match against England at the Lord’s where he had that infamous spat with James Anderson, Jadeja aggressively scored a brilliant half-century and celebrated in his unique way which may be called as “Spinning the sword” which was a symbol of him being a Rajput. Eventually, Indian went on to win that match. He also picked up 3 crucial wickets where the pitch was seamer-friendly.
South Africa’s tour of India in 2015 was dream come true for Ravindra Jadeja. South Africa played 4 Test matches. Ravindra Jadeja picked up 23 wickets including two 5-wicket hauls and two 4-wicket hauls. This was the series when the world saw the capability of Jadeja in the aspect of picking wickets. He was absolutely unplayable in that series.
Indian Cricket Player Jadeja by now had become one of the most crucial members of the Indian Test team. But, his all-time best performance was still to come. It was the final match of the India-England Test series in Chennai and it was an absolutely flat track.
Karun Nair had scored a magnificent triple century but, due to a batting-friendly wicket, the match seemed to be going towards a draw. Fortunately, Jadeja had completely different intentions.
He came and picked up 7 wickets on a flat batting track and took the game in favor of India. It was the best performance of Ravindra Jadeja’s career. He had also scored his highest individual score of 90 in the same series which was an innings of pure class and patience. Although Virat Kohli won the Player of the Series award, it would have been impossible victory without the likes of “Jaddu” as his teammates call him.
Ravindra Jadeja was so good that he would have been a part of any cricket team without a doubt. There is one milestone that every cricketer dreams of achieving and that is a Test century for their country. Ravindra Jadeja was eagerly waiting for his moment as he had reached the 90 run mark twice but failed to score a century.
Finally, in October 2018 his moment arrived as he scored his maiden Test match hundred against West Indies at his home ground in Rajkot. He also picked up 4 wickets in the match. As India won the match by an innings, Ravindra Jadeja was awarded Man of the Match for his flabbergasting performance.
Currently, he is an integral part of the Indian Test team. He played his current last Test match against New Zealand in February, 2020 where he picked up 2 wickets and scored 25 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja has played 49 Test matches for India where he has scored 1869 runs and picked up 213 wickets with best figures of 7/48 against England in 2016.
One Day cricket:
After some brilliant performances in the Under-19 World Cup and Ranji Trophy, Jadeja was called to represent India in One Day cricket as he was included in the squad of One Day series against Sri Lanka. It was a good debut for him as he scored a half-century and remained not out. Though, he did not pick up any wickets.
After the occupant all-rounder Yusuf Pathan endured a loss of form, Jadeja had his spot 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 granted the man of the matching grant following a four-wicket haul.
Jadeja had still not become a regular in the Indian team. He made a comeback into the Indian ODI side in the third ODI against England at The Oval in London. Showing up at the crease with India 58–5 after 19 overs, he scored 78 runs, including 112 run partnership with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and 59 off just 5.1 overs with Ravichandran Ashwin to help his with side reach at 234–7 out of 50 overs.
He additionally took 2–42 from his 9 overs and was named “player of the match”, yet England won the rain influenced game. His exhibition in the fourth ODI at Lord’s was blended: he parted with four critical catches with a poor throw from the boundary, but then took a splendid catch on the boundary off the last ball.
During the second ODI in the India-England series of 2013 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.
The 2013 Champions Trophy was one of the best tournaments of Jadeja’s career. He picked up 12 wickets in 5 matches including a five-wicket haul against West Indies where he gave away just 36 runs. The best contribution of Jadeja came in the rain-affected final of the Champions Trophy against England.
The match was reduced to 20 overs and India was batting first. Jadeja scored a crucial 33* in the Finals and also picked up 2 wickets as India won the Champions Trophy 2013 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed his treble of winning three major trophies.
Ravindra Jadeja Cricketer was named as part of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by the ICC and ESPNCricinfo. He was also ranked as the No.1 bowler in ODI Cricket by the ICC in August 2013.
Jadeja became a regular part of Indian One Day team after this tournament. He continued to impress with the ball and also played crucial innings with the bat. One of his best One Day performances came against New Zealand in 2014.
India was chasing a huge target of 314 runs in the 3rd ODI of the five match series and Jadeja scored a courageous half century along with a century partnership with Ashwin. It was one of the best One Day matches in recent times as the match ended in a tie.
Later, Jadeja was selected for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand despite not being fully fit due to a shoulder injury. He took 9 wickets in 8 games. His returns with the bat were modest, scoring just 57 runs from 5 innings. India went on lose against Australia in the semi-final.
Unfortunately, it was that time for Ravindra Jadeja where he had to face the downs of his life as he was dropped from the One Day team after a dismal performance against Bangladesh in the next series.
After some good domestic performances, Jadeja was included in Indian limited-overs side touring Australia to play 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is. In ODIs, Jadeja bowled economically in a series where more than 3000 runs were scored in 5 matches. He took 3 wickets at an economy rate of 5.35.
The Finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy turned out to be a nightmare for Ravindra Jadeja. India was on the course of losing the Finals against Pakistan when a fiery Hardik Pandya started smashing the Pakistani bowlers and gave some hope to the Indian fans. In a horrific incident, rather than sacrificing himself, Jadeja got Pandya run out and had to face a huge backlash from the Indian fans after the incident took place.
Sir Ravindra Jadeja started becoming more of a Test bowler than a One Day bowler. He used to feature in One Day matches but was not considered a regular and was always in and out of the team.
His times changed after he bowled a brilliant spell against Bangladesh in 2018. He picked up 4 wickets and gave away just 29 runs. After which he started upping his game and also started featuring in more and more One Day games.
In March 2019, during the second ODI against Australia, Jadeja became the third cricketer for India to score 2,000 runs and take 150 wickets in ODIs. Ravindra Jadeja was also included in the World Cup squad of 2019.
Ravindra Jadeja played his career best innings of 77 against New Zealand in the Semi Final but unfortunately, India lost the match after a match changing run out created by Martin Guptil.
Since then and because of Hardik Pandya’s injury, Jadeja has become an integral part of Indian One Day team also. He played his current last ODI against New Zealand in February, 2020 where he scored 8 runs and picked up 1 wicket.
Ravindra Jadeja has played a total of 165 One Days where he has scored 2296 runs including 12 half centuries. He has also picked up 187 wickets with best figures of 5/36 against West Indies in Champions Trophy 2013.
World Cup cricket:
Ravindra Jadeja has been a part of two World Cups- 2015 and 2019. The 2015 World Cup was a good one for Jadeja with the ball as he picked up 9 wickets in 8 matches whereas with the bat he only scored 56 runs in 5 innings. The 2019 World Cup was a better one with the bat. Jadeja scored a brilliant 77 runs under pressure in the Semi-Final against New Zealand which unfortunately India failed to win.
Jadeja world cup journey was something which he can boast about, he got featured in 10 world cup matches where he has picked up 11 wickets and scored 134 runs in World Cups.
T20 Cricket and IPL:
Ravindra Jadeja debuted in T20Is against Sri Lanka in 2009 where he scored 5 runs and did not pick any wickets. He also played a game against England in the 2009 T20 World Cup. Jadeja was criticized for not scoring fast enough in India’s loss to England.
T20 cricket is the least preferred format for Jadeja as he has never been an integral part of Indian T20 team. He was always in and out of the team. Though, since his T20 debut, he has been part of all the T20 World Cups that have been played.
The biggest asset of Jadeja has always been his accuracy but T20 cricket is so cruel that there is not an elephant difference between bowling styles. He lacked the wicket taking ability in white ball cricket and his biggest asset would have been of no use in this cruel format of cricket so he never became a regular of the T20 team.
After the arrival of two wrist spinners- Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, Jadeja had a difficult time becoming a regular in T20 cricket. Recently he got more chances in T20 cricket due to the injury of Hardik Pandya. He played his current last T20I against New Zealand in January, 2020 where he scored 10 runs and picked up 1 wicket.
Ravindra Jadeja has played 49 T20Is where he has scored 173 runs and picked up 39 wickets.
Ravindra Jadeja IPL debut was made with Rajasthan Royals for the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, and played a significant job in their triumph (Royals vanquished Chennai Super Kings in the last). Jadeja scored 135 runs from 14 matches at a strike pace of 131.06, his best score being 36* against Kings XI Punjab.
Sir Jadeja improved in 2009, scoring 295 runs at a striking pace of 110.90, and surrendering less than 6.5 runs per over. Shane Warne, the commander of Rajasthan Royals, alluded to Jadeja as a “hotshot in the making”. Warne additionally nicknamed him “Rockstar”.
Jadeja sat out the 2010 IPL as a result of a restriction emerging from legally binding irregularities. In 2011, he was purchased by the Kochi Tuskers Kerala for $950,000.id=”Ravindra_Jadeja_CSK”
Kochi Tuskers were banned from the IPL in September 2011, and in the 2012 IPL player sell-off, Jadeja was purchased by Chennai Super Kings for $2 million (approx. Rs. 98 million) after a sudden death round with Deccan Chargers who offer a similar sum.
Ravindra Jadeja CSK journey started well, Jadeja was the most costly player of the year’s auction. He won the Man of the Match grant in the second match of the period against Deccan Chargers for his all-round presentation (48 runs off 29 balls, 5/16 of 4 overs).
Ravindra Jadeja, playing for Chennai Super Kings, put in a fine turn bowling execution in Chennai for an IPL 2015 Match on Mother’s Day; he took four wickets for 11 runs with a splendid spell of bowling against Rajasthan Royals.
Ravindra Jadeja also played for Gujarat Lions when Chennai Super Kings was banned for two years. Later, he was again bought by CSK and is an integral part of the team.
The 2019 season of IPL turned out to be a good one for Jadeja as he picked up 15 wickets and scored some useful runs too. He played his current last IPL match against Mumbai Indians in the Finals where he scored 5 runs and did not pick any wickets.
Ravindra Jadeja has played a total of 170 matches where he has scored 1927 runs and 108 wickets with best figures of 5/16 against Deccan Chargers in 2012.
Ravindra Jadeja facts, records etc
- Sunil Gavaskar said in March 2013 that Ravindra Jadeja, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, was a role model for youngsters
- Jadeja was named Player of the Week by the portal Cricket World after the end of the fourth test. (2013 Aus series)
- When Jadeja was out to 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”.
- 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 Pandit Sir Lord Ravindra Jadeja
- 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, Wally Hammond, WG Grace, Graeme Hick and Mike Hussey.
- He has two horses Ganga and Kesar, they are stationed at his farmhouse close to Jamnagar.
- Jadeja owns an eatery in Rajkot called Jaddu’s Food Field. He had told the media about his restaurant, “Though I hail from Jamnagar, I have a special attachment for Rajkot. This city’s people are particularly fond of food and various delicacies and hence the decision to start a restaurant in Rajkot.”
- Jadeja feels that this number is fortunate for him. He wears No.12 on his jersey and ensured his restaurant opens on December 12, 2012. He also was born in December and selected into the national Test squad in December 2012.
- He along with Ravichandran Ashwin became the first pair of spinners to be jointly ranked number 1 bowler in ICC Test Rankings history.
- In March 2019, during the second ODI against Australia, Jadeja became the third cricketer for India to score 2,000 runs and take 150 wickets in ODIs.
- On 5 August 2017, Jadeja became the fastest left-arm bowler to reach 150 wickets in terms of the number of Tests played (32)
- For his performances in 2014, he was named in the Cricinfo CLT20 XI
- ICC World ODI XI: 2013, 2016
- Madhavrao Scindia Award for most wickets in Ranji Trophy: 2008–09
- Jadeja recently had a spat with former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar when he called Jadeja “A bits and pieces player” and Jadeja answered by picking wickets and also by tweeting against it.
Ravindra Jadeja Net Worth:
Ravindra Jadeja is one of the top all-rounders of Indian cricket. One can replace his batting and bowling but the fielding standards that he brings with him are unmatchable. He is an invaluable player and has the potential of becoming a legend of the game. Currently, his net worth is $3 million.