One of Team India’s mainstays – Ravindra Jadeja has excelled in every format of the game at International level. From the sheer demonstration of numbers, he is India’s best all-rounder after the great Kapil Dev. After starting his career in India’s limited overs teams, he thrived upon Cricket’s ultimate format in whites. He announced his arrival in Test cricket with an outstanding series against Australia in 2013. Along with that, heroics from this Saurashtra man in white ball formats haven’t gone unnoticed. His contributions were crucial in India’s Champions Trophy win in 2013 and who can forget his innings against New Zealand in the Semi-final of 2019 WC?
|Date of Birth||6th December 1988|
|Team||Chennai Super Kings|
|Auction Price||INR 7 Cr|
|Bowling Style||Slow Left Arm|
Ravindra Jadeja was the member of India’s U-19 World Cup winning squad in 2008 under Virat Kohli. Shortly after that triumph, he was roped in by Rajasthan Royals for a Three-year contract. His talent was there for everyone to see in the first edition itself and Rajasthan Captain Shane Warne gave a nickname of ‘Rockstar’ to him. But he was banned for one season by IPL in 2010 on account of him negotiating with other franchises and not signing the contract with RR in 2010.
After missing 2010 season, Ravindra Jadeja was back again in 2011. This time though with a brand new team, Kochi Tuskers Kerala. But after a solitary season, the team was dissolved and he was back in the auction again. Chennai Super Kings picked him that year in order to utilize his skills on slow and low tracks of Chepauk. For a couple of seasons in 2016 & 2017 when CSK were banned from IPL, he was with his home team of Gujarat Lions.
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As mentioned earlier, Ravindra Jadeja went and played for Gujarat Lions in 2016 & 2017 seasons. Once Chennai Super Kings were back in 2018, they announced the retention of Ravindra Jadeja along with MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Ravindra Jadeja was signed at a salary of INR 7 Cr by CSK in 2018. This was originally for a three-year deal between 2018-2020 but since the mega auction was pushed back by a year, Ravindra Jadeja’s IPL salary still stands at INR 7 Cr for IPL 2021.
Ravindra Jadeja would be playing for Chennai Super Kings in the second half of IPL 2021 in UAE. His performances for CSK in the first half were top notch and he would look to continue the form come September. From Chennai’s point of view, he will be even more crucial now with the likely non-availability of Sam Curran and Moeen Ali in the second half. Also going forward, there is a T20 World Cup to be played at the same venues. So, Ravindra Jadeja becomes important from all aspects of the game even more.
Ravindra Jadeja has played for various IPL franchises during his illustrious career. The list includes: Rajasthan Royals, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Lions. He has also won IPL trophy on two occasions so far, 2008 with RR and 2018 with CSK. During his initial years, he was more of a bowling all-rounder for his teams. But as his career went along, he has now become a genuine all-rounder in all forms of the game. He has picked up a total of 120 wickets from 191 IPL matches with his left-arm spin so far. With the bat, he has 2290 runs at an average of 26.62 and at a SR of 128.07.
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As mentioned earlier, Ravindra Jadeja is playing for Chennai Super Kings in the 2021 edition of Indian Premier League. After a couple of match-winning performances in the first half, he would be looking to continue the magic in UAE. He was signed by CSK in 2018 at a price of INR 7 Cr. With the mega auction looming in 2021, he is in contention of retention with one of the most successful franchises in the cash-rich league. It will be interesting to see how Chennai Super Kings team management goes about retentions next year with plenty of options to choose from the current squad.
In the 7 matches played by Ravindra Jadeja so far in IPL 2021, he has 6 scalps. His performances with the bat in the first half were exemplary to say the least. With the second half now moving to UAE, the role of this left-arm orthodox will become even more important for CSK. With the amount of Cricket that is being held in the Emirates, pitches are bound to get tired at some point. Left-arm spinners have an advantage over Right-handed batsmen with the ball turning away from them predominantly and natural variations also come into play a lot more.
Yes, Ravindra Jadeja will be bowling for his team Chennai Super Kings once the IPL resumes. As mentioned earlier, his bowling will be critical to CSK’s chances now with limited availability of the overseas stars. If Chennai Super Kings are to win their fourth title this year, Ravindra Jadeja would have to deliver the goods with his left-arm spin as well. He made his comeback from the injury in the first half of the season in India and looked limited in his bowling. But he would be roaring to go full tilt in the remainder of IPL 2021 no doubt.
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