Ravindra Jadeja turns 29    Getty Images
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Ravindra Jadeja, born December 6, 1988, is an enigma. Shane Warne called him a ‘rock-star’ during the inaugural edition of the IPL. A few months earlier to that, he was amongst the forces that guided Virat Kohli’s India to a Under-19 World Cup triumph in Kuala Lumpur. Jadeja had bagged 10 wickets at 13.20 and an economy rate of 3.14 in that tournament.

A year later, he was playing for India. From being Warne’s ‘rock-star’ to being slapped a ban by IPL to being the troll-heartthrob to fetching the highest bid in IPL to the sword-fencing celebrations to emerging as Team India’s MVP, Jadeja’s rise has been extraordinary. He has been knighted by social media trolls as ‘Sir’ Jadeja a moniker that has been as mockingly placed as affectionately. The prefix remained though he has christened himself ‘Rajput Boy’.

Once perceived as a limited-overs specialist, Jadeja became the first bowler since Anil Kumble (in 1996) to claim the No. 1 bowler’s spot in ODIs, in 2013. He made his Test debut against England in 2011-12. He has impressed in longer formats since, playing important roles in series wins against Australia (in 2012-13 and 2016-17) and England (2016-17). Jadeja, currently the second-ranked Test bowler and all-rounder, has 351 wickets in international cricket.

Jadeja the batsman is yet to register an international hundred. However, he is one of the nine batsmen to have registered three First-Class triple hundreds. He is in the elite company of WG Grace, Bill Ponsford, Don Bradman, Wally Hammond, Graeme Hick, Brian Lara, Michael Hussey, and his India and Saurashtra teammate Cheteshwar Pujara. Jadeja had entered this club before he turned 24!

Jadeja turns 29 today. He has the opportunity to spin India to another win, in the ongoing Test against Sri Lanka at Delhi.

Here are some Jadeja articles you must glance through:

Ravindra Jadeja: India’s talismanic all-rounder

Ravindra Jadeja: 13 little-known facts about the Indian all-rounder