Ravindra Jadeja © Getty Images
Ravindra Jadeja has played over 100 ODIs for India © Getty Images

Dec 6, 2014

Born December 6, 1988, Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja celebrated his 26th birthday on Saturday. The Saurashtra lynchpin has been a permanent fixture in India’s One-Day International (ODI) side over the last few years, and has also proven himself a useful Test player as well. Known for being a canny left-arm spinner and hard-hitting lower-order batsman, Jadeja has the distinction of being one of the few Indians with three First-Class triple centuries.

Jadeja has played over 100 ODIs for India, having made his ODI debut in 2009, where he scored an unbeaten 60 batting at No. 8 against Sri Lanka. He made his Test debut against England three years later, where he dismissed Kevin Pietersen in each innings. Jadeja is a key member of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), though he first played for Rajasthan Royals (RR) and subsequently for the short-lived Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK).

Ravindra Jadeja M Runs HS Bat Ave Bat SR 100s 50s Wickets BBI Bowl Ave Econ Bowl SR 4WI 5WI
ODIs 109 1691 87 34.51 84.55 0 10 134 5 36 32.29 4.79 40.4 5 1
Tests 12 364 68 21.41 67.65 0 1 45 6/138 30.37 2.39 76 0 2
T20Is 22 84 25 9.33 88.42 0 0 14 3 48 37.78 7.27 31.1 0 0

Jadeja took his first five-wicket haul in Tests against Australia at Delhi in March 2013, and followed it up with figures of six for 138 against South Africa in Durban in December 2013. Since then his bowling in overseas Tests has been less than effective, and he remains in contention for a spot in India’s playing XI overseas with Ravichandran Ashwin. At home though, the two spinners frequently wreak havoc on batting line-ups.

Jadeja’s accuracy and subtle changes in pace and spin make him a dangerous limited-overs bowler, while his belligerence with the bat coming in at No. 7 and No. 8 means that he is one of India’s leading ODI players, and is likely to feature in India’s squad for the ICC World Cup 2015.