first_imgBorn on December 6, 1988, Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja, commonly known as Ravindra Jadeja, has been one of the brilliant finds of Indian cricket and match-winner for the country on several Test cricket occasions.Special 29th birthday giftRavindra Jadeja’s 29th birthday brought him a lucky gift in the form of a huge success wicket this morning — yes, we are talking about the win over Sri Lanka in the third Test match.13 facts about the world-class spinner that you JUST CAN’T MISS!1. His father Anirudh– who he reportedly was very scared of — wanted him to become an Army officer, but we all know where his interest lay 2. The trauma of his mother’s accidental death in 2005 almost made him quit cricket3. Jadeja made his first Under-19 appearance for India in 2005 at the age of 16, was picked the year after for playing the 2006 World Cup, and thereafter steered his bowling journey4. His all-round performance — 42 wickets and 739 runs — in the 2008-2009 Ranji Trophy earned him the national call5. The Saurashtra left-hander was selected vice-captain of the victorious Indian Under-19 cricket team that won the World Cup in 20086. In late 2009, Jadeja made his ODI debut when he took Yusuf Pathan’s place and was awarded the Man of the Match award for hauling 4 wickets7. His Test debut came in 2012, against England8. At the young age of 23, he became the 8th player in history and the 1st one from India to score 3 first-class triple centuries:1st: 2011 against Orissa2nd: 2012 against Gujarat3rd: 2012 against Railways9. In the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, he was the highest wicket taker which won him the Golden Ball, and also world number 1 spot in the ICC ODI bowlers’ rankings in the same yearadvertisement10. Jadeja’s contributions in India’s 4-0 test series victory over Australia in February and March 2013 were praised in the media, with Sunil Gavaskar calling him ‘one of the architects of the win’11. Jadeja was bought by the Gujarat Lions in the 2016 IPL Players’ Auction for Rs 9.5 crores12. On January 22, 2017, Jadeja became the first Indian left-arm spinner to take 150 ODI wickets, when he dismissed Sam Billings at Eden Gardens, Kolkata13. In March 2017, he became the top-ranked bowler of the world — leaving behind Ravichandran Ashwin, who had held that position for a long timeInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more