|Dhruv Jurel Quick Info
|5 ft 8 in
|Date of Birth
|January 21, 2001
Dhruv Jurel is an Indian professional cricketer who has played for his home state of Uttar Pradesh (2021-Present) across all 3 formats, as a wicketkeeper-batter, in the Indian domestic circuit. In the IPL (Indian Premier League), he has turned out for the Rajasthan Royals (2022-Present).
Dhruv Chand Jurel
DJ, Captain Dhruv
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Uttar Pradesh, India
Dhruv had attended the Army Public School, a public school located in his hometown of Agra, that is run under the Indian Army‘s supervision.
- Father – Nem Singh Jurel (Former Member of the Indian Army)
- Mother – Rajani Jurel
- Siblings – Neeru Jurel (Older Sister)
21 – Rajasthan Royals (IPL), Youth ODI
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Slightly overgrown, side-parted hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a thin beard
- Has a tattoo on his left forearm
Dhruv Jurel Facts
- Dhruv’s father, Nem Singh Jurel, had participated in The Kargil War – a military conflict between India and Pakistan (May-July 1999) – that ended in a comprehensive Indian victory.
- Nem Singh had always wanted his son to follow in his footsteps and join the Indian defense forces. He never wanted him to take up any sport as a career. Dhruv too, until he was in 6th grade, had dreamt of joining the NDA (National Defence Academy, the joint defense service training institute of the Indian Armed Forces; the first tri-service military academy in the world).
- However, a few months later, he became attracted to cricket. He began playing the sport during a summer camp and developed his skills so quickly that he went on to represent his home state of Uttar Pradesh at the under-14, under-16, and under-19 levels.
- In September 2019, Dhruv captained India to the title at the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Under-19 Asia Cup. It was the 8th edition of the tournament and the 7th time that India had lifted this trophy. In the final, against Bangladesh, he walked out to bat with India struggling at 6/2 in the 4th over. Although he scored 33 runs, India was tottering at 62/7 in the 21st over when he was dismissed.
- The Indian team was eventually bundled out for a paltry total of 106 runs. Defending such a low score, he marshaled his resources beautifully in the field and rotated his bowlers masterfully to carve out a scarcely believable 5-run win. His leadership skills in this match earned him the moniker of ‘Captain Dhruv’.
- In December 2019, he was named the vice-captain of the Indian squad for the 2020 edition of the ICC (International Cricket Council) Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In India’s opening group-stage match of the tournament, against Sri Lanka, played on January 19, 2020, he smashed 52 unbeaten runs off just 48 balls to help set up a challenging target of 298 runs. India went on to win this match by 90 runs.
- Dhruv only had one more opportunity to bat in India’s next 4 matches as the defending (and 4-time) champions romped into the final of the tournament for the 3rd time in a row. India came unstuck in the final though, as Bangladesh surprised all and sundry to win by 3 wickets. It was Bangladesh’s first title triumph in an ICC event at any level.
- In January 2024, he earned his maiden call-up to the Indian senior national team – as a reserve wicketkeeper for the first 2 matches of the upcoming 5-match home bilateral test series against England.
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