Bangalore, Jul 5: From the highs of a 'rockstar' status to million-dollar boy to the lows of being sidelined for India duty. This is what has been the journey of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja this year.
A few months back, earlier this year, Chennai Super Kings stunned all by bidding $2 million for Jadeja in the Indian Premier League auction. They went all out to secure Jadeja and it was claimed that CSK paid a whopping $6 million to make Jadeja a Chennai boy after the auction went to a tie-breaker.
That players' auction happened in February 2012. Chennai were interested in only one player and they got what they wanted. With that bid, Jadeja became the costliest player in IPL history (if CSK paid $6 million to BCCI).
The left-handed 23-year-old did not justify that pricetag in the fifth edition of IPL. Barring a five-wicket haul in one of his 19 games (191 runs in 14 innings, 12 wickets), he had an ordinary tournament. However, he played all CSK matches where the team went to the final and lost to Kolkata Knight Riders on May 27.
On Wednesday, Jadeja was axed from the Indian team for the Sri Lankan tour. This might have been coming for the boy from Saurashtra. He has had an ordinary tour of Australia and Asia Cup. The selectors might have thought Jadeja had been given enough chances and it was time for him to get back to domestic cricket.
Whether Jadeja was expecting this piece of news is not known. But, a look at his performances in ODIs in Australia tri-series and Asia Cup would definitely suggest that it was the right move by the BCCI's selection panel headed by Kris Srikkanth.
In Australia, he scored 101 runs in seven innings and took three wickets. In Asia Cup, he played two games taking one wicket and scoring 4 not out in his only batting innings.
After India won the 2011 World Cup, Jadeja has been part of the team in all ODI series barring the trip to West Indies. He missed out on World Cup berth but travelled to England, played at home, in Australia and Bangladesh for Asia Cup.
From The Oval in England on September 9, 2011 to Dhaka on March 16, 2012, Jadeja played 23 ODIs. He scored 325 runs and bagged 28 wickets in this period.
This record might not be considered worse, as Jadeja usually bats lower down the order and is expected to smash the ball right from the start.
Jadeja's biggest advantage is his brilliant fielding. He is often seen saving plenty of runs for the team.
Former Australian legspinner Shane Warne, who captained Jadeja at Rajasthan Royals, called him the 'rockstar'. But the rockstar's international career seems to have hit rock bottom now.
Jadeja will now have to go back to domestic cricket. With the new season set to start, he will have to work hard before returning to the Indian team.
The left-hander could target the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Sri Lankan in September. An all-rounder is always handy in T20 format. It is time now for him to bounce back harder. And it is not the first time he will be staging a comeback.
Will the 'rockstar' return to rock? Let's wait and watch.