Ravindra Jadeja is an Indian international cricketer who plays all three formats of the game. He is a left-handed batsman and a slow left-arm orthodox bowler. Jadeja is regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the world, and is known for his ability to contribute with both bat and ball.
Jadeja was born on December 6, 1988, in Navagam, Gujarat, India. His father, Niranjan Jadeja, was a policeman, and his mother, Anjali Jadeja, was a nurse. Jadeja has two older sisters.
Jadeja began playing cricket at a young age. He was spotted by former Indian cricketer Sanjay Patel, who helped him get into the Saurashtra cricket team. Jadeja made his first-class debut for Saurashtra in 2006-07.
Jadeja made his international debut in an ODI match against Sri Lanka in February 2009. He made his Test debut against the West Indies in November 2012.
Jadeja has played 183 ODIs for India, scoring 7384 runs at an average of 31.44 and taking 194 wickets at an average of 29.79. He has scored 8 half-centuries and 1 century in ODIs.
Jadeja has played 64 T20Is for India, scoring 1453 runs at an average of 29.06 and taking 44 wickets at an average of 27.43. He has scored 1 half-century in T20Is.
Jadeja has played 67 Tests for India, scoring 6620 runs at an average of 35.87 and taking 258 wickets at an average of 24.75. He has scored 17 half-centuries and 3 centuries in Tests.
Jadeja is the fifth Indian and fifth-fastest player to score 2,000 runs and take 200 wickets in Test cricket. He is also the joint-fastest Indian player to take 250 Test wickets. Jadeja was the leading wicket-taker in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, and was named the Man of the Match in the final. He was also ranked as the No. 1 ODI bowler in the world in August 2013.
Jadeja has won numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including:
Jadeja captained the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League for the first half of the 2022 season. He stepped down from the captaincy after the team lost 8 of their first 10 matches.
Jadeja has been involved in a few controversies throughout his career. In 2013, he was accused of racist abuse during an IPL match. He was also fined by the BCCI for applying saliva to the ball during a Test match in 2017.
Jadeja is married to Rivaba Solanki, a politician. The couple has a daughter named Nidhyana.
Jadeja is involved in a number of philanthropic activities. He has his own foundation, the Ravindra Jadeja Foundation, which works to improve the lives of underprivileged children in India.