Ravi Bopara
(England all-rounder)

The second Sikh cricketer to represent England after Monty Panesar, Ravi Bopara was another case of prodigious talent and startling inconsistency. A batting all-rounder whose consistent performances for Essex with both bat and ball, Bopara was earmarked as a potential talent to look out in the English domestic circuit.

Following an injury to Kevin Pieterson in the 2006-07 CB series in Australia, Bopara was handed his ODI cap against Australia and was subsequently drafted into the 2007 World Cup team and displayed a remarkable consistency to notch up a fifty against Sri Lanka in a Super Six game.

Following consistent returns in 50-over cricket, Bopara earned his Test cap for England in 2009 when Andrew Flintoff injured himself ahead of the Bridgetown Test. But following three ducks, Bopara had an abysmal start to his Test career. Amidst immense scrutiny, Bopara silenced his critics with three back-to-back tons- the fifth Englishman to achieve the feat.

However, inconsistent performances at the Test level meant Bopara was in and out of the side. He continued o thrive in limited-overs cricket, playing a crucial fifty in a low-scoring thriller against South Africa in the 2011 World Cup and nearly pulling off a sensational win for England in the final of the 2013 Champions Trophy.

Following an abysmal 2015 World Cup campaign, Bopara was dropped from England’s side and the ODI against Afghanistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground proved to be his last outing in English colours.

Ravi Bopara
Nickname: Ravi, Puppy
Profession: England Cricketer (All-rounder)
Biography
Autobiography: NA
Biopic: NA
Physical Appearance
Height (approx.): 5’10”
Weight (approx.): 83 kg
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Brown
Tattoos: NA
Personal Life
Date of Birth: May 4, 1985
Age (as on 2018): 33 years
Birth Place: Forest Gate, London, United Kingdom
Zodiac sign/Sun sign: Aquarious
Nationality: British
School N/A
College Brampton Manor Academy
Educational Qualifications: NA
Signature: NA
Family
Father: Charanjit Singh Bopara
Mother: Unknown
Sister: Unknown
Brother Etinder Singh Bopara
Coach/Mentor: NA
Religion: Christianity
Address: N/A
Cricket Career
International Debut:
Test: December 01, 2007, vs Sri Lanka at Asgiriya Stadium
ODI: February 02, 2007, vs Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground
T201: June 13, 2008, vs New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester
Jersey Number: #10 (England)
Domestic/State Team: Essex, England
Nature on the field: Calm
Likes to Play against:
Favourite stroke Pull Shot
Career Turning Point
  • At the age of 17, Bopara managed to earn a proffessional contract with Essex where a slew of cnsistent performances with both bat and ball earmarked him as a potential talent for the future.
  • In January 2007, Bopara earned his national call-up after Kevin Pierterson sustained a rib-injury that ruled him out of the CB series in Australia.
Preferences
Hobbies: Playing Golf
Favourite Batsmen: Jacques Kallis
Favourite Bowlers: N/A
Favourite Football Team: N/A
Favourite sports personalities: N/A
Favourite Food: N/A
Favourite Actors: NA
Favourite Films: NA
Favourite Musicians/Singers: NA
Favourite TV Shows: NA
Smoking/Alcohol: Not Known/ Yes
Style Quotient
Cars Collection: NA
Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
Marital Status:  Married
Affairs/Girlfriends: Emily Bopara
Wife: Emily Bopara
Marriage date:
Children: N/A
Earnings
Net Worth: NA
IPL earnings: NA
Awards and recognitions
  • Bopara is one of the select few cricketers to rake up three hundreds in consecutive innings. He achieved the feat in the 2009 Test series against the West Indies.
  • Bopara is 22nd in the list of most runs in a List A innings. He scored a collossal 201 for Essex against Leicestershire in June, 2008.
Lesser Known Facts
  • Bopara is only the second Sikh cricketer to play for England after Monty Panesar.
  • Bopara’s 60 on a low-scoring turner at Chennai against the Proteas in the 2011 World Cup was instrumental in England’s win.
  • Ravi Bopara is one of the few cricketers to complete a double of 5000 T20 runs and 200 wickets.