Nagpur, Dec 13: For Ravindra Jadeja, 2012 is a mixed bag. The year began with the high of Indian Premier League (IPL) riches, then he was dumped from Indian team and towards the end, now he has a Test cap.
Jadeja became India's 275th Test player when he took the field against England in the fourth Test on Thursday at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Ground.
The left-hander was wearing a Test cap, a week after his 24th birthday. The proud moment before play saw him receiving the blue India cap from Sachin Tendulkar.
Jadeja, in February this year, was bought by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for a sum of $2 million. However, reports suggested that CSK paid million after being tied with Deccan Chargers in the bidding. The $6 million pricetag makes him the costliest player in IPL history.
From that jubilation of IPL, Jadeja hit a low when in July he was dropped from India's limited overs squad for Sri Lanka tour. His last One Day International before that was in Asia Cup in March.
"Rockstar" Jadeja soon was not needed for India duty. But once the Ranji Trophy season began this year, he started to score big runs. He hit two triple centuries in two months.
When he hit his second triple hundred this season he became the first Indian to score three triples and also matched Sir Don Bradman with two 300s in a season.
Those scores led him to the Indian team. With Yuvraj Singh struggling at number six, India picked him and has got a fine opportunity now to revive his India career.
Few other cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Ashok Dinda have been in the reckoning for a long time now but Jadeja, from nowhere has left them behind to win India Test cap. A dream come true for this lad from Saurashtra.
On Test cricket, Jadeja said: "When I started playing cricket, I was told that Test cricket was real cricket and it was my desire to play Test cricket."
"Rockstar" Jadeja has risen again. At least now Jadeja can be relieved that he won't be branded as just a limited overs player. He has a Test cap.