Ravindra Jadeja – The Surprise Trump Card


The Rise of Ravindra Jadeja


Getting a place in Indian test team after scoring two triple tons in this Ranji season, Ravindra Jadeja proved to be a tricky trump card for the team. Ravindra Jadeja was seen as a promising player and an Indian team prospect when India won the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur. Ravindra Jadeja starred with both bat and ball.

Ravindra Jadeja during his Under 19 days
Ravindra Jadeja during his Under 19 days

Following his success in the World Cup, Ravindra Jadeja was handpicked by Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Seeing his performance in the IPL, the Legendary Shane Warne named him “ROCKSTAR”. Soon Ravindra Jadeja was called up into Indian limited overs side that toured Sri Lanka. He lacked Aggression in Batting and was dropped from the team soon. Getting banned for the IPL 2010 was a blessing in disguise for Ravindra Jadeja. He worked hard and came back with a bang in the next edition in which he played for Kochi Tuskers Kerala. That season made wonders for him. He was selected for the Tour of England and didnt let the team down. Since then Ravindra Jadeja has been a regular in the ODI playing XI and was working hard to get into the test team. In IPL Auctions 2012, He was sold to Chennai Super Kings for a whopping 2 Million dollars. Ravindra Jadeja’s consistent performance in the ODI’s and Domestic tournament earned him a test call-up. He impressed everyone with his bowling skills in the recently concluded series against Australia. Cricmatez.com brings you the Impact made by Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian test team.

Maiden test call-up for Ravindra Jadeja


Ravindra Jadeja, at first was brought into the test team when the available spinners were proving ineffective while playing against England. He was expected to boost the spin department and middle order too. On his debut he took three quality scalps, that included Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen in the fourth test at Nagpur. Jadeja’s deliveries on paced pitches were similar to that of Monty Panesar’s deliveries which troubled the Indians. He was able to maintain his consistent line bowling Wicket to Wickets. With his decent performance against England, he was chosen for the Australian test series.


Ravindra Jadeja Against Australia


Ravindra Jadeja  after dismissing Micheal Clarke for the fifth time in six innings
Ravindra Jadeja after dismissing Micheal Clarke for the fifth time in six innings

With a net tally of 24 wickets from four tests against Australians, Ravindra Jadeja was the second highest wicket taker in the series behind Ravichandran Ashwin. His contribution to the team was much more than expected. His ability to bowl left-arm-spin at a faster pace made him more effective than Pragyan Ojha, who is more experienced with a tally of 100 test wickets. Ravindra Jadeja Dismissed Ed Cowan  and Moises Henriques twice, David Warner and Glen Maxwell thrice. What more surprising was Michael Clarke, who was in a demolishing form in the last one year with a four double tons to his name was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja five times of the six innings that he played before missing the last one due to back injury. Ravindra Jadeja’s best bowling was 5/58 in the second innings of the final test in Delhi showed India the way towards a historical 4-0 whitewash. Probably as record say he is the only Indian to score three triple centuries. But he has not excelled with his batting in tests. Of total six innings he scored only 97 runs. But his 43 which he scored in Delhi that ensured India a first innings lead was impressible knock.                                               

To be honest he is a good asset in limited over cricket. He has patience to bat long and is one of the finest fielders in the team. And now he is emerged as one of the fine spin bowler, his bowling is playing its part in the team. Dhoni now has a reason to smile for. Genuinely Known for his 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers combination in ODI’s, Dhoni looks for 6 batsmen ad 5 bowlers combination when it comes to tests. Ravindra Jadeja could provide an all round performance for the team. Once the team leaves for South Africa, Dhoni will obviously be eager to swell his pace attack. But Ravindra Jadeja during his Under 19 day has the ability to adjust to any conditions.

With a 50+ average and 171 wickets in first class cricket, Ravindra Jadeja promises to serve test team for a long time.