Ravindra Jadeja, or 'Jaddu' as he is nicknamed by his teammates, has come a long way as a crucial member of the Indian team. Since making his debut in 2009, Jadeja has competed for a place in the Indian Test side, either as an all-rounder or as a first choice spinner ahead of Pragyan Ojha. Today, he is an integral part of both Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni's plans in all formats, especially on Indian surfaces where his records make him a dangerous opponent.
His exploits in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup — his second appearance in the tournament — earned him an international call-up for the tour of Sri Lanka in February 2009. While his first two years were laced with struggle, the left-arm orthodox spinner failing to make it to the squad for the 2011 World Cup, he immortalised himself in the annals of Indian cricket by becoming the first batsman to score three first-class triple-centuries in the 2012-13 Ranji season.
While he played just one match in India's 1-2 defeat in the Test series loss on home soil against England, a memorable outing against Australia followed, with Jadeja playing a vital role in the 4-0 rout, picking 24 wickets at an average of 17, getting captain Michael Clarke out five times in six innings.
In the Champions Trophy in England that year, he again played a vital role with both bat and ball, as the Men in Blue lifted the trophy for the second time. A couple of months later, Jadeja became the first Indian bowler since Anil Kumble in the mid-1990s to top the ICC ODI bowlers' rankings.
Recent form: If there ever were any doubts over Jadeja's credentials as a Test cricketer, he has made sure that he wiped them clean. in Following a tepid outing in the 2015 World Cup, the Saurashtra all-rounder produced six consecutive five-wicket hauls in the following Ranji season for Saurashtra, with two half-centuries further bolstering his case for Test selection.
In the four-Test series against South Africa in the autumn of 2015, Jadeja ensured his place in the playing XI was not being usurped by anybody anytime soon. It was also only the second time that Ashwin and Jadeja dominated as a pair since the Australia Test series in 2013. They took 54 wickets between the two of them, with Jadeja contributing 23 at an average of 10.82.
The 27-year-old recorded mixed performances in the following months, especially in limited overs fixtures like the World T20. He was also part of the squad that toured West Indies earlier this year, although he played only at St Lucia, following which he was replaced by Cheteshwar Pujara, as skipper Virat Kohli looked to bolster the batting.
In his latest outing during the Test series against New Zealand, Jadeja played the perfect foil to a destructive Ashwin, with the duo once again making full use of the conditions to spin the hapless Kiwi batsmen out, playing a major role in setting up the 3-0 whitewash of the Black Caps.
Record against England:
Jadeja hasn't had a great record against the English; barring a memorable half-century at Lord's in 2014, one that helped set up the visitors' win, he hasn't had much luck. In five Tests, he has scored 189 runs at an average of 21 with the bat, and taken 12 wickets at 44 with the ball. Considering the good form he has been of late, he would be more than eager to improve his record against Alastair Cook's men.
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