Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja, popularly known as Ravindra Jadeja is not an alien name for cricket fans across the world. Ravindra Jadeja is an all-rounder cricketer, left-handed middle-order batsman, and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He is a representative of Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League. But is this introduction enough for this all-rounder? Let’s do justice to this multi-faceted personality and have a glimpse at the multiple dimensions that make him what he is.
TEAM, TUSSLE AND TRANSFORMATION
Ravindra Jadeja, who started his Test career in 2012 knows no short cuts when it comes to his journey to the Indian Cricket cosmos. Jadeja was a part of Indian Cricket U-19 Team that had won the World Cup in 2008, under the captaincy of ‘chasing specialist’ Virat Kohli. Though he made his ODI debut in 2009 against Sri Lanka, he had to wait for another four years to complete the circle. Finally, on December 13, 2012, Jadeja debuted against England in a test match.
And since then it has been a roller coaster ride for the cricketer and his fans.
At the beginning of his career, Jadeja was not a dependable name in the team and was only viewed as a ‘bits and pieces’ player. Often tagged as ‘over-aggressive, flashy and flamboyant’, the cricketer made many people raise their eyebrows when selected for his first test match. He was not a conventional player and was fit for the modern format of cricket. Test cricket is all about calmness and composure and what Jadeja exhibited was aggressive hunger for victory. Critics predicted his career to be doomed and the team paid no heed to this then black sheep.
However, this raging cricketer claimed the applaud that was long due when he silenced everyone with his splendid performance against Australia. He claimed 24 wickets in four matches. But the roller coaster ride had to come crashing down with his tours to Australia, South Africa and England. He could not prove his mettle as a bowler which made it compulsory for him to do so as a batsman. But spiraling downwards he failed to give any remarkable performance.
Jadeja served his penance playing Ranji in 2015-16 and reaped the rewards taking 5 consecutive wickets and was immediately selected for test series against Proteas. And then there was no turning back for the all-rounder, once considered an ‘itsy-bitsy cricketer’.
The star cricketer from Rajkot had been in headlines not only for his winning streak but the controversies he created on his way to stardom. Ugly altercations and expletives are not an alien concept on the cricket field. India vs England test match at Trent Bridge also witnessed such an exchange between Anderson and Jadeja. Both the cricketers showered each other with profanity. Anderson, allegedly, pushed Jadeja in the corridor leading to the dressing room. The matter turned nasty so much so that ICC had to appoint a judicial commissioner to resolve the issue.
The charming cricketer had fallen prey to controversies through no fault of his own, too. The last thing one expects on his wedding day is to care about cops showing up at the venue without RSVP. Jadeja had to deal with angry police officers when one of his relatives got carried away in the celebration and fire a gunshot at the cricketer’s wedding reception.