Ravindra Jadeja, the veteran all-rounder of the Indian cricket team, has been a consistent performer in home Tests. As India gears up to host England in a crucial five-match Test series starting on January 25, Jadeja's contributions will be critical to India's success. With an impressive record across all three departments of the game, Jadeja is on the verge of achieving several significant milestones against England.
500 Wickets and 7,000 Runs in First-Class Cricket
Jadeja's remarkable journey in first-class cricket has seen him amass close to 500 wickets and approach the 7,000-run mark. With just six more scalps, Jadeja will become a member of the exclusive 500-wicket club in first-class cricket. Having played 123 games, he boasts an average of 23.81, including 31 five-wicket hauls. Not only is Jadeja a formidable bowler, but he is also a reliable batsman. He is just 100 runs away from achieving the milestone of 7,000 runs, with an impressive batting average of 45.39, including 12 centuries and 36 half-centuries.
Joining the 3,000 Run Club in Test Cricket
Jadeja's contributions extend beyond the realm of first-class cricket. He is on the verge of joining the esteemed 3,000-run club in Test cricket, becoming the third Indian all-rounder to achieve the feat after Ravichandran Ashwin and Kapil Dev. Currently standing at 2,804 runs in 68 Test matches, Jadeja has displayed his batting prowess with an average of 35.94. Alongside his remarkable batting, Jadeja has also taken 275 wickets, further solidifying his standing as a genuine all-rounder.
Aiming for 200 Test Wickets at Home
Jadeja's dominance in Test matches extends to his performances at home. With just six more wickets, he will become the fifth Indian bowler to claim 200 Test wickets on home soil. Joining the ranks of legendary bowlers such as Anil Kumble, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, and Kapil Dev, Jadeja's impressive record at home is a testament to his skill and consistency. Notably, 10 of his 12 Test fifers and both his match 10-wicket hauls have come on home turf, showcasing his ability to excel in familiar conditions.
Chasing 100 International Wickets Against England
Jadeja's impact is not limited to Test cricket alone. Across all formats, he has made a significant impact against England, amassing 94 international wickets at an average of 31.01. While Australia remains the team against which he has claimed the most wickets (134), Jadeja has the opportunity to become the fourth Indian bowler to reach the milestone of 100 wickets against England. Currently, Anil Kumble, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Kapil Dev hold this distinction, and Jadeja is poised to join their esteemed ranks.
Closing in on the 550 Wicket Club
As Jadeja continues to excel across formats, he is on the cusp of joining an elite group of Indian cricketers who have achieved 550 international wickets. With just two more wickets, Jadeja will become the seventh Indian player to reach this remarkable milestone. Accompanied by his impressive tally of 6,040 runs, Jadeja will also join Kapil Dev as the second Indian all-rounder to complete the international double of 6,000 runs and 550 wickets.
Ravindra Jadeja's journey in Test cricket has been nothing short of exceptional. As India prepares to square off against England, Jadeja is on the brink of achieving multiple milestones that will further solidify his place among the greats of the game. From his impressive record in first-class cricket to his contributions in Test matches, Jadeja's all-round abilities make him an invaluable asset to the Indian team. With his unwavering dedication, skill, and determination, Jadeja is set to etch his name in the annals of cricketing history.