Jaddu Pic: Check out Ravindra Jadeja stats and records
Updated on: Jul 24, 2023 10:18 pm IST
Ravindra Jadeja’s journey in cricket began when he made his Under-19 appearance for India in 2005 at the tender age of 16. His exceptional talent caught the attention of selectors, and he was picked for the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka. Jadeja’s impressive performances in the tournament earned him the vice-captaincy role for the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup, where he played a crucial role in India’s victory.
The young all-rounder from Saurashtra made his mark in the domestic circuit, debuting for West Zone in the Duleep Trophy and representing Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy during the 2006-07 season. In a phenomenal display of his skills, Jadeja became the first Indian player and the eighth overall to score three first-class triple centuries in his career in 2012.
Jadeja’s breakthrough came during the 2008–09 Ranji Trophy, where he stood out with exceptional all-round performances, finishing the season with 42 wickets and 739 runs. These outstanding displays earned him a well-deserved national call-up, and he was selected for the ODI series in Sri Lanka. Despite having to wait for his chance, Jadeja finally got an opportunity to showcase his abilities in the final match of the series on 8 February 2009, where he scored an unbeaten 60 runs in a losing cause. Since then, he has become an integral part of the Indian ODI squad, impressing with both bat and ball over the years.
Following his successful ODI debut, Jadeja also made his way into the T20I squad. However, he faced criticism for his slow batting during the 2009 World Twenty20 match against England. Undeterred by the critique, Jadeja worked hard on improving his game and went on to become India’s go-to bowler in crucial situations, making significant contributions with both his bowling and fielding. His exceptional fielding efforts earned him the Man of the Match award in a T20 match against Australia.
Jadeja’s brilliance continued in the 2012–13 Ranji Trophy season, where he started with a bang, scoring not one but two 300+ scores in just four matches. His consistent performances caught the attention of the selectors, leading to his maiden test call-up. Jadeja was named in the 15-member India Test team and made his debut in the fourth Test against England at Nagpur. In his first Test match, he bowled an astonishing 70 overs and finished with figures of 3/117, showcasing his potential as a spinner in the longest format of the game.
Throughout his career, Ravindra Jadeja has been a force to be reckoned with in all formats of the game. His tenacious spirit, exceptional skills with both bat and ball, and his extraordinary fielding abilities have made him one of India’s most valuable assets in the modern era of cricket. As he continues to grow as a cricketer, Jadeja’s fans eagerly await more memorable moments and significant contributions from this gifted all-rounder.
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