Friday, 8 May 2009

Player Profile: Ravi Bopara

Ravi Bopara has been picked by Andrey Strauss and Andy Flower to bat at number 3 ahead of Michael Vaughan, Ian Bell and Owais Shah. He has so far proved to the cricketing world this is the right decision following his century against the West Indies this week.

Ravi Bopara was born on May 4th 1985. He is primarily a btasmen but also bowls useful medium pace.

He made his debut for Essex in May 2002 and since then has become an instrumental part of the Essex team.

In 2005 he scored 880 first class runs and following this was picked in 2006 for the England Lions team going on tour to the West Indies and played in other matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

It was the 2nd of January 2007 when he first played international cricket. He was called up to the ODI team to replace an injured Kevin Pietersen. He did enough to cement a place in the ODI team for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
His World Cup performances impressed many and was named man of the match in the Super Eight clash against Sri Lanka.

He went on to make his test match debut for England against Sri Lanka, in doing so he became only the second sikh to ever playe for England. However, he had a disspointing tour managing just 42 runs in five innings.

Following this poor performance he was dropped from the test team, but still remained in the ODI team.

He was next given a test chance following several injurise to key players on England's tour to West Indies. He played in the 4th test a scored a miaden test match hundred, scoring 104.

This performance helped him secure the problem no.3 spot in the Test match team for this Ashes summer. An opportunity given to him haead of Vaughan, Shah and Bell. He took the opprtunity with open arms and never looked backed scoring 143.

He and the whole of England will eb hoping he maintains this sort of form for the entire summer.

For Ravi Bopara's full career stats click here

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