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.
|Profession:||England Cricketer (All-rounder)|
|Weight (approx.):||83 kg|
|Date of Birth:||May 4, 1985|
|Age (as on 2018):||33 years|
|Birth Place:||Forest Gate, London, United Kingdom|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Aquarious|
|College||Brampton Manor Academy|
|Father:||Charanjit Singh Bopara|
|Brother||Etinder Singh Bopara|
|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.
|Favourite Batsmen:||Jacques Kallis|
|Favourite Football Team:||N/A|
|Favourite sports personalities:||N/A|
|Favourite TV Shows:||NA|
|Smoking/Alcohol:||Not Known/ Yes|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|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.