Ravinder Singh Bopara a.k.a. Ravi Bopara is a right handed batsman and a right arm medium pace bowler in the English Cricket team. He has also played cricket for the England under 19, Essex and Marylebone Cricket clubs. This english cricket player plays for the England and the Essex cricket team.
Ravi Bopara has been playing first class cricket since 2002. He made his debut in first class cricket in 2002 for the Essex team. The next year, in 2003 and in 2004, Ravi played in many matches for the England under 19s team, which include the U-19 Cricket World Cup in 2004.
The following year, Bopara scored 800 runs in the first class matches, which included his first first class century as well. Moreover, he hit 135 runs in a non first class game held against Australia, with 270 runs for the second wicket along with Alastair Cook. By 2006, Ravi got selected for the team of England A during their match tour of the West Indies, along with their matches held against the Sri Lanka and the Pakistan team. Further, he got selected in the 30 men provisional England squad for the Champions Trophy in 2006.
He made his International debut in an One Day International match against Australia at Sydney in 2007. He remained not out at 7 runs after facing 5 balls and claimed the wicket of Mike Hussey in his spell of 4 overs where he gave away 19 runs. England won the match by 92 runs. The same year in December, Bopara played his first test match against Sri Lanka at Kandy. Bopara bowled an over which cost him 8 runs and no wickets in the first innings. His batting was not impressive either as he got out on 8 runs. In the second innings Bopara scored only 16 runs in the 8 overs that he bowled. He was sent back at 34 runs in 42 balls after a leg before wicket appeal by Jayasuriya. Sri Lanka won the test by 88 runs. Despite his selection in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 Championships, he could not play the tournament owing to his injuries. However, Bopara was a part of the 2007 World Cup England team and is only the second Sikh after Monty Panesar to play for the English team.
In 2011, Bopara went ahead to play with the England Lions after he missed out for the Ashes series of 2010-11 test matches and One Day squad along with the 2011 World Cup. He was called up to play for the England World Cup squad match held against the Netherlands team, scoring 30 from 20 balls. What’s more, in 2011, he turned down the offer of 100,000 pounds to play for the team of Delhi Daredevils in the IPL match to replace injured Paul Collingwood.
In a total of 59 ODI’s, Bopara has scored 1,281 runs and claimed 10 wickets. He also has a total of 502 runs and a wicket to his name in the 10 test matches that he has played.
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